Rapper MC Optimist brands MC Danny Smash 'a bit of a joke' in what could be Bolton's first hip-hop turf war
BOLTON could be the setting for a hip-hop turf war.
Last week The Bolton News reported how Breightmet’s MC Danny Smash had created a hip-hop homage to Bolton, titled B-town.
But now a rival Lancashire lyricist has burst on to the scene.
Meet Optimist, who has written his own tribute to the borough, called “Bolton Town.”
He feels his rapping credentials are superior, calling Danny Smash “a bit of a joke”.
Optimist, whose real name is Ryan Abbey and is 24-years-old said: “I was unhappy to see him getting such exposure in the media when he is an embarrassment to the town — there are much better artists who are putting stuff out with substance, passion and meaning.”
Similarly to B-town, Optimist’s track sings the praises of Bolton and discusses the changes that have taken place in the area.
The chorus, provided by vocalist Hannah Kate is set to the John Denver country classic — Country Roads — but instead of West Virginia the subject is Bolton.
Aside from all the trash talk, Optimist — who has been making music since he was 16 and lists some of his influences as UK rappers Devlin and Wretch 32 — said he has a genuine passion for music and the development of artists in this part of the country.
His passion has led him to set up B the Movement — a brand that aims to unite Bolton through music, promotions, events and even a clothing range.
Optimist said: “I’ve let my own music take a bit of a backseat because B the Movement is really taking off — we are passionate about promoting young talent and putting on events where they can show that talent.
“I think the UK often gets pushed out of the urban music scene — and particularly up North so we are hoping to uncover and promote some fresh new artists.”
The next B the Movement event will be held at Runworth Hall in Prescott Street on November 8 where there will be a whose of young artists taking the stage.
But the rapper said we have not seen the last of Optimist, whose name comes from his “positive outlook on life” and his hopes for a bright future.
He added: “I am a positive guy and Bolton Town was just about how I’m grateful to my home town because it made me who I am.”
For more information on B the Movement at facebook.com/ BTheMovement/info.
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