Ye – the rapper formerly known as Kanye West – was accused of sampling several artists’ music without permission on his latest project.
Over the weekend, Ye and fellow rapper Ty Dolla Sign released their first collaborative album Vultures 1, and it immediately sparked controversy.
On Friday night, rock singer Ozzy Osbourne claimed that rapper Jesus Walks had asked for permission to use a sample of a Black Sabbath live recording from 1983 in the song Carnival.Ozzy Osbourne in 2022
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However, Ozzy rejected Ye, citing his recent comments about Jewish people, accusing him of being “anti-Semitic” and causing “unspeakable heartache to many people.”
“He went ahead and used that sample at his album listening party last night,” Ozzy wrote on X (formerly Twitter). “I want nothing to do with this man!”
. @KANYEWEST ASKED FOR PERMISSION TO SAMPLE PARTS OF A 1983 “IRON MAN” LIVE PERFORMANCE FROM A US FESTIVAL WITHOUT VOCALS & WAS DENIED PERMISSION BECAUSE HE WAS AN ANTISEMITE AND HAD CAUSED MANY HEARTACHES. HE WENT AHEAD AND USED THE SAMPLE IN HIS ALBUM…
— Ozzy Osbourne (@OzzyOsbourne) February 9, 2024
Meanwhile, late disco singer Donna Summer made a similar statement on Saturday.
In a since-deleted Instagram post, they said (via Billboard): “Kanye West… asked permission to use Donna Summer’s song I Feel Love, he was denied… he changed the words, had someone re-sing it or used AI but it turns out I feel Love.”
Talk News Uk has contacted Ye’s representatives for comment.
The Associated Press has written that Ye has a “history of offensive and antisemitic comments,” which includes “repeated praise of Hitler and the Nazis.”
In 2022, brands including Adidas, Gap, and Balenciaga cut ties with the Grammy winner as a result of her statements.
Last December, Ye offered a public apology, written in Hebrew, in a now-deleted Instagram post, which read: “I sincerely apologize to the Jewish community for any unintentional outburst caused by my words or actions I.
“It was never my intention to offend or demean, and I deeply regret any suffering 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.”