Ozzy Osbourne is stealing the spotlight from rapper Post Malone with a surprising new collaboration off the hip-hop artist’s latest album, Hollywood’s Bleeding.
One year after Malone debuted his breakthrough album, Beerbongs and Bentleys, his latest outing features 17 tracks with 10 guest spots, including Da Baby on “Enemies,” Halsey and Future on “Die For Me,” Meek Mill and Lil Baby on “On The Road,” Ozzy Osbourne and Travis Scott on “Take What You Want” and SZA on “Staring At The Sun.”
It’s Malone’s unlikely collaboration with Osbourne that appears to be getting the most attention on the album and on Twitter. The song — in which the two appear with Travis Scott — is a marriage of heavy metal and hip-hop, featuring Osbourne’s iconic voice in the refrain and Scott and Malone vocally doing the heavy lifting.
Bringing Hollywood’s Bleeding on the road, Malone will embark on The Runaway Tour beginning September 14. His North American run kicks off in Tacoma, WA and visits cities across the U.S. and Canada before wrapping up on November 20 at The Forum in Los Angeles.
CNN reported that Post Malone is continuing his attempt to bridge rap, rock and metal. He first introduced the music world to his ideal fusion when he performed at this year’s Grammys with the Red Hot Chili Peppers and at the 2018 VMAs with Aerosmith.
Fans took to Twitter in droves to applaud the collaboration.
I didn't realize I needed autotuned Ozzy Osbourne in my life until @PostMalone told me that I did.
— Scott Stedman (@ScottMStedman) September 6, 2019
— Cole Cardenas (@cole_cardenas21) September 6, 2019
— Simulation???????? (@seth1_lord) September 6, 2019
Malone, reported Loudwire, is giving recognition to rock in the mainstream music field when the top songs are dominated by hip-hop, rap and pop. Before becoming a major player in the hip-hop genre, the teenaged Malone was in a metal band named Ashley’s Arrival. The publication also reported that Malone auditioned to be guitarist for the band, Crown the Empire, back in 2010 but didn’t get the job because his guitar string broke during the audition.
Osbourne appears to be on the mend after he was hospitalized with pneumonia this past February after he had been forced to postpone dates in the UK, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. He then had to postpone all of his upcoming 2019 shows due to a subsequent fall.
NME reported that the rock icon’s canceled shows will be rescheduled, starting from February 2020, and that original tickets will be honored for the prior dates. Any festival appearances scheduled for 2019 will not be rescheduled.
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OZZY has been forced to postpone the entire UK and European leg of his “NO MORE TOURS 2” tour on doctors’ orders. This follows yesterday’s announcement that OSBOURNE was postponing the first four dates of the tour because of the flu. After seeing his physician again, OSBOURNE has been diagnosed with a severe upper-respiratory infection which the doctor feels could develop into pneumonia given the physicality of the live performances and an extensive travel schedule throughout Europe in harsh winter conditions. Statement from Ozzy: “I’m completely devastated for having to postpone the European leg of my tour. It just seems that since October everything I touch has turned to shit. First the staph infection in my thumb and now coming down with the flu and bronchitis. I want to apologize to all of my fans who have been so loyal over the years, my band, my crew and to Judas Priest for letting you all down. However, I promise the tour with Judas Priest will be completed. It’s being rescheduled right now to start in September. Again, I apologize to everyone. God Bless. Love you all, Ozzy.”
“Just know that I am getting better every day…I will fully recover…I will finish my tour…I will be back!” the singer said about his canceled dates in an Instagram post.