A RAPPER from Addiscombe says X Factor winner James Arthur is "ridiculously stupid" after he aimed racist and homophobic slurs at him online.
Micky Worthless made national news after he became embroiled in a war of words with Arthur last week. The 30-year-old, who posted a track on Twitter "dissing" Arthur first, was on the receiving end of an ill-conceived response from last year's winner of the ITV show.
Arthur, who is on a multimillion- pound recording deal, called him – in one line alone – a "f***ing queer" and a member of the Taliban.
Micky, whose real name is Michael Brennan, said: "He got on a Radio One show that breaks a lot of new rap artists and a lot of rappers started complaining about it.
"He saw my tweet about it and started replying to me because he had seen a battle I'd had against a guy called Lunacy where I wasn't very good.
"That was an off day but he said I was the worst rapper ever and 'I will hand you your a**e'. I said fine, let's have a battle, but then he got nervous and deleted those tweets.
"So I ended up going into my studio at 2am and recording this track. I did it in one take and had it finished by 7am."
The resulting rap, full of explicit barbs, has since been viewed more than 150,000 times but Arthur's response caused uproar, with celebrities including Little Britain's Matt Lucas and Beverley Callard – Liz McDonald in Coronation Street – taking to Twitter to castigate him.
Micky, who admits battle rap is not a family pursuit, said the Middlesbrough pop star's response baffled him.
He added: "I don't really mind on a personal level because you get all sorts of things chucked at you in battle rap. But this guy is a pop star with a massive career. Why would he be so ridiculously stupid? He had just switched on the Oxford Street Christmas lights and was about to appear on Children in Need. It's ridiculous.
"I knew him a bit before this happened because my friend told me to watch his video because she thought he was really good on X Factor.
"I sort of expected it [the rap] to be bad but after I watched it he was even worse than I thought he would be."
And Micky, a former Harris City Academy Crystal Palace student, has picked up some famous fans since the furore, including a One Direction star.
He said: "Louis Tomlinson retweeted my track because he's had some problems with James Arthur in the press.
"It's nice to know One Direction have got my back but, you know what, I haven't really got a problem with James Arthur. He said he earns 20 grand in 20 minutes in the track. I earn 20 grand a year if I'm lucky.
"If I met him I'd let him buy me a beer with all that money."
Arthur has since 'retired' from Twitter, as a result of this and other well-publicised spats in recent weeks.