Sharon Osbourne On Kanye West: ‘We Don’t Care If He’s Bipolar Or Whatever’

Sharon Osbourne has discussed with Billboard magazine the choice to deny Kanye West permission to sample an Ozzy Osbourne song during a listening event for the rapper’s latest album in Chicago on Thursday.

West and Ty Dolla $ign held a listening party at the United Center before the release of the ‘Vultures’ LP. During the event, they played a track that sampled Ozzy’s live performance of ‘Iron Man’ from his solo concert at the US Festival in 1983. Sharon told Billboard about the matter, highlighting that she and Ozzy do not care if he is ‘bipolar or whatever’:

“The simple thing is, we don’t want to be associated with a hater. To spread hate the way he does, it shouldn’t be allowed. All the excuses — he’s bipolar or whatever — doesn’t change that. It’s like, f*ck you, basically.”

What’s The Issue With Kanye West?

The matter surfaced at a listening party in Chicago for the release of ‘Vultures,’ a collaborative project by Kanye West and Ty Dolla $ign. According to the statements made by the Black Sabbath singer:

“Kanye West asked permission to sample a section of a 1983 live performance of ‘Iron Man’ from the US Festival without vocals & was refused permission because he is an anti-semite and has caused untold heartache to many. He went ahead and used the sample anyway at his album listening party last night. I want no association with this man!”

It’s worth noting that initially, Ozzy mentioned in a social media post that West sought to sample ‘War Pigs,’ but the song Kanye actually used is ‘Iron Man.’ As a result of the incident, the Black Sabbath rocker took legal action. Sharon suggested that further measures could be taken if the situation remains unchanged.

Sharon explained that they receive numerous requests for these songs, and upon seeing West’s request, they firmly rejected it. Without proper permission, West could not release a new song incorporating the sampled music.

Sharon also explained that since ‘Iron Man’ is credited to the original Black Sabbath lineup — Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Bill Ward — the consent of all four songwriters would be necessary before West could use the sample.

Why Ozzy Turned Kanye’s Request Down

Osbourne claimed that West had requested permission to sample a song but was ‘refused permission because he is an antisemite,’ yet went on to use the sample at a listening event for his new album at the United Center in Chicago on Thursday.

Ozzy’s antisemite accusations surfaced over a year after Kanye West’s initial controversies related to antisemitism and the use of the slogan ‘White Lives Matter.’ These controversies resulted in West being severed from many lucrative business partnerships and losing his billionaire status. In December, West apologized to the Jewish community, expressing regret for ‘any unintended outburst caused by my words or actions.’

“It was not my intention to offend or demean, and I deeply regret any pain I may have caused. I am committed to starting with myself and learning from this experience to ensure greater sensitivity and understanding in the future. Your forgiveness is important to me, and I am committed to making amends and promoting unity.”

You can watch the snippet of the show where Kanye used a part of ‘Iron Man’ below.