On September 6, Post Malone released Hollywood’s Bleeding, his latest album. Projections indicate it could reach 475,000 to 500,000 in unit sales during its first week and will likely be number one on the Billboard 200. The album includes Take What You Want, a track that features Travis Scott, a rapper, and Ozzy Osbourne, a rock legend.
Ozzy Osbourne has had a long and storied career. He rose to prominence as the frontman for Black Sabbath, has had a slew of solo albums, and even reached a new audience when he starred in The Osbournes, a show on MTV that aired during the early 2000s.
Over the years, Ozzy’s combined album sales, according to a report by Unilad, have crossed the 100 million mark. He is also a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
However, while Ozzy has been a legend in rock since the 1970s, at least some social media users either have no idea who he is or are acting as such.
Many aren’t just touting how good Ozzy is in their posts; they are also crediting Post Malone for discovering him.
“Idk who Ozzy Osbourne is but he’s about to be huge after Post Malone featured him,” said one Twitter user.
“Post Malone bout to give this Ozzy Osbourne guy a career!” another stated.
One Twitter post brought together a group of comments made by other users, featuring statements like, “who tf is ozzy osbourne ???!??! this is why I love post malone for shining light on unknown artists,” and, “don’t know who this ozzy osbourne guy is but shoutout post for puttin him on.”
Some users either felt the need to make sure that people understood that Ozzy wasn’t new or fell for a post that may have been a joke.
“[O]zzy osbourne didn’t eat a live bat onstage for yall to only recognise him in a Post Malone song,” said one.
Responding to a post that claimed the Post Malone song was Ozzy’s first, a user stated, “If this isn’t satire, you should forever be banned from listening to music ever again.”
It is possible that many of the posts were jokes, but there is also a decent chance that at least a small percentage of Post Malone’s fans were legitimately ignorant when it comes to Ozzy Osbourne’s rock career.