Kanye West removes sample after Ozzy Osbourne calls it anti-Semitic

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The song ” carnival » by Kanye West included a sample of « Iron Man » used against Ozzy Osbourne’s wishes.

Ozzy Osbourne lashed out at Kanye West on social media Friday, claiming the rapper used a recording of a Black Sabbath song without his permission and against his wishes. The rapper finally released the song “ carnival ” of the Cultures without the sample.

On Friday, Osbourne posted the following message on her social media: “ Kanye West asked for permission to use part of a 1983 live performance of ‘Iron Man’ from the Us Festival without the vocals and was denied permission because it is anti-Semitic and has caused untold harm to many peoplewrote the singer in capital letters. He still used the sample at his album listening party last night. I don’t want to be associated with this man! »

Later Friday, Sharon Osbourne, the singer’s wife and manager, said she was exploring options to resolve the matter. “ We are considering legal actionshe said in a press release. Ozzy hasn’t spoken to Kanye, but our team has spoken to his team. »

When Cultures 1 was released late Friday night, a fuzz bass playing a melody reminiscent of Black Sabbath was used in place of the sample.

On Thursday, West and Ty Dolla $ign hosted a listening party in Chicago for their new album. According to Billboardthe duo, who call themselves ¥$, played 12 songs during this evening, including “ carnival “. The rappers hosted another listening party Friday in Long Island, N.Y., where instead of performing “ carnival “, they replaced it with the song ” Hell of a Life » by West, dating from 2010, which contains a legally authorized sample of “ Iron Man “.

West did not immediately respond to request for comment from WECB.

Iron Man was one of three Black Sabbath songs performed by Osbourne at the 1983 US Festival, which marked a new chapter for the musician as it was the first time guitarist Jake E. Lee performed with him. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak organized two Us festivals, one in 1982 and the other in 1983; the latter featured a “heavy metal day” with Van Halen, Mötley Crüe, Judas Priest and others, in addition to Osbourne, and attracted hundreds of thousands of fans. Six months later, Osbourne released her album Bark at the Moon.

Over the past year, Kanye West has been criticized numerous times for promoting anti-Semitic tropes, including in 2022 when he said he would make a ” death con 3 ” on the ” Jewish people “. He eventually apologized on Instagram with a statement written in Hebrew, asking for forgiveness, but nevertheless continued to embrace anti-Semitic ideology, including wearing a T-shirt of Norwegian metal musician Burzum, who was fined for anti-Semitism, and by modeling some of the images of Cultures in a way that evokes the Burzum cover.


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