People didn’t know who Ozzy Osbourne was until he did a song with Post Malone

By Death Wish Coffee — / Death Wish Coffee Blog

Some people literally think that Post Malone discovered Ozzy Osbourne

By Angela Garrity, Guest blogger

What kind of world are we living in when it appears some people, somehow, didn’t know who Ozzy Osbourne was until he was featured on the Post Malone track “Take What You Want”? Post Malone did not discover Ozzy Osbourne, as some younger generations believe.

A side by side photo of rapper Post Malone with rock legend Ozzy Osbourne

The Prince of Darkness isn’t timid about giving credit where credit is due, though. The Ozzman is thankful to the rapper for getting him “off his arse” after battling with pneumonia and a terrible fall. He was so inspired that he completed recording his 12th solo album in merely 4 weeks and rescheduled shows in 2020, according to NME.



The Ozzy Osbourne-Post Malone track isn't the first song of its kind to make you think your ears are mishearing things. It follows the same path of: What two things don’t belong together? Great, let’s make a masterpiece in music history.

Appearances matter – especially for rappers and hip-hop artists who have featured other talents on their tracks as far back as far the roots of these musical genres go. Most of the credit to this idea has to go to Rick Rubin, who first introduced this concept to fans of both T La Rock and Jazzy Jay during 1984’s “It’s Yours.”

Rubin explained in a RollingStone article about this concept he had. 

“I used to go to a reggae club called Negril on Second Avenue in New York City, when I was still a student at NYU. On Tuesdays, they had a hip-hop night. It was one of the first times you could hear hip-hop music without going to the Bronx or Harlem. ... Jazzy Jay was my favorite DJ of all the DJs, and he was one of the DJs who would play at Negril. I just loved, loved his DJ'ing ability, and his taste. I learned so much about music from just hanging out with him. At the club, I loved the music and recognized that the records that were coming out at this time — there were no albums in rap yet, just 12-inch singles ­— and the ones that were coming out didn't sound like what the club felt like. So 'It's Yours' was almost a documentary-style attempt at what it felt like going to a hip-hop club and experiencing real hip-hop music. That's what it is.”

Rubin isn’t afraid to take musical gambles and they generally pay off for those that can hear what this producer is trying to say. Some of the best music since the 80’s has been touched by the producing hand of the musical madman.

"No Sleep Till Brooklyn" is fully credited to the Beastie Boys, but some might be really shocked to hear (and see) that the sick guitar solo in this 1986 song (and video) is made possible by Kerry King of Slayer.

That same year, another Rubin creation that took everyone by surprise happened in 1986 with the re-envisioning of a classic Aerosmith song performed by RUN DMC “Walk this Way.”

If this is what it takes to keep Ozzy from stopping, we can tolerate the “Crazy Babies” and help guide them into setting the record straight.

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