Strong sentiments against the man: Nova Palohek and Tom MacDonald [GFBF]

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Hip-hop as an art form no longer receives the proper recognition. Much along the lines of Tekashi 69, enter another long-haired gimmick filled artist by the name of Tom Macdonald. A former pro singles wrestler from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada MacDonald went by the name of “Allstar.” He also performs for the “GFBF” duo, a band formulated with his significant other, Nova Palohek.

Background on Nova

Prior to linking up with Tom MacDonald to create the group, GFBF, Nova Palohek toured with reputable artists such as R.A. The Rugged Man, Killah Priest and Insane Clown Posse through Canada, Europe and the United States. She made her transition into the pop punk scene by completing a tour with the band, All Time Low. Notably, this was not the first time this versatile artist would switch genres  She is effective in the categories of mainstream, pop, punk and hip-hop. As an impactful emcee, she provides her fans with alternative, angsty upbeat records that buck the system as she blazes a trail of her own. As she partook in a month-long residency at the Low End Theory, she successfully released an EP with DJ Nobody. She really carved her niche with the anti-system and anti- music industry smash hit, “Made in Gold” which eclipsed the Top 20 on Sirius Top Hits. Her music has been featured on MTV’s Reality Show, “Siesta Keys,” network television’s “Dancing with the Stars” and cable’s “Bad Girls Club” during the time when she was trying to gain traction by making songs that were below her intellect level and potential. Currently, she is maximizing her abilities and developing a cult-like following with her outspoken song samples that speak to major issues and expose the shadiness of the music industry and major corporations.

Tom MacDonald and “Helluvit”

“Helluvit” does not change the landscape of hip-hop whatsoever. Rather than advancing the genre, this type of song creates damage.  Macdonald displays an unprecedented type of gimmickry. Other than appearance, his movement facilitates the discussion of “mumble rap” versus “old school hip-hop.” Clearly, Macdonald does not fall within either of these categories as his music follows cadence with logical words that make absolutely no sense.

His formula uses the expression of a false sense of introspection upon a smooth and familiar beat structure. MacDonald contradicts himself often. For example,  he disparages drug usage,  but then uses a reference to it as a trendy lyric in the chorus. Regardless, both MacDonald and his girlfriend were officially cancelled after this Facebook rendition of “Despacito.” Whether you agree with some of the efforts they have put forth or not, there is no denying that they are putting up numbers. MacDonald’s “Helluvit” hit 3.5 million views on Facebook in only three days. His group identifies themselves by the name of “Hangover Gang.”

Far from an overnight success, MacDonald’s viral hits have been a long time coming since starting his career nearly seven years ago. Since then, he has released 10 full-length projects, written for other artists and has been involved with creative short films to accompany his releases. He has been nominated for the Canadian Leo Award because of his far-reaching viral videos have received airplay on multiple networks such as MuchMusic (Canadian MTV). He has performed with Major Lazer, Madchild, Swollen Members and toured through Europe with Kool Keith and Onyx.

MacDonald’s collaborative efforts for GFBF have seen the releases of tracks like I’m Not Well Rejects and Pillz. Rockafeller came to America from Edmonton and her burgeoning career appeared opportunistic. She has since decided to join Macdonald for their lackluster combination of GFBF. Violent J of the Insane Clown Posse expressed dismay for her choices on Replicon Radio. Violent J tried to utilize his powerful influence as a member of a chart-topping group to convince Palohek to get with him. He was upset about her posting photos with her significant other while posing in her underwear and claims that the two are merely involved in a “professional relationship.” So, apparently that means he has rights to the woman and she belongs to him.

McDonald does not differentiate himself from the next artist because his sole purpose relies on monetary gains. This video gives exact context to the types of lines that exist solely to absorb the space of a song:

“I tried to tell them that it’s complicated // I could write a novel about getting faded // but the conscious fans are gonna fucking hate it // and the wavy kids are gonna love to play it. // So I write a song that’s got a message in it // and the wavy kids are saying it’s pathetic // but the conscious fans thinks its awesome man // they comment like man I really get it.”

This song is difficult to follow and rides a terrible wave of controversy, mumble rap and gimmickry. Despite the lack of quality, MacDonald has seen a steady and meteoric rise of his hip-hop metrics. His song, “Whiteboy” provides an interesting take on race relations within our modern day society and provides commentary from a righteous, rambunctious and radical white man’s perspective.

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6 responses to “Strong sentiments against the man: Nova Palohek and Tom MacDonald [GFBF]”

  1. Honestly you are probably just shitting on him because you dont agree with his opinions, how the fuck did you take “Whiteboy” as a stance from a “Radical white man” you are genuinely an idiot lol, everyone says its as close to white supremacy as it can get in music when the whole point is “Hey, dont hate me for shit I never did” which surprise surpise, happens all the time. Oh yeah, but white people cant defend themselves because if they do they are racist or sexist lol, Im as black as night and this mf is speaking some truth right here. Just cause you wanna keep yourself in the dark and flood your mind with ignorance, proves that you aren’t even capable of understanding what any of his newer songs are about. Its people like you that keep racism and sexism alive by giving it the power you so desperately want it to not have. Thank you

  2. Okay, from the start. Of course Tom MacDonald is making money off his music. He clearly states that. But songs like Dear Rappers, Sad Rappers, Helluvit, and Exposure are not against making money from music; they are about HOW you make money from music.
    Then there are songs like Straight White Male. Here Tom is exposing the contemporary cultural view that EVERY straight while male is out to get someone, that EVERY straight white male gets away with crimes, that EVERY straight while male eats Mayonnaise and Kale, that EVERY straight white male is responsible for everyone else’s misery. This is tongue-in-cheek.
    Now we go to Whiteboy. Here Tom has pointing out something that on the surface doesn’t seem to be much of an issue to people – but underneath is a problem. Truth: White Men have enjoyed a position of privilege and power in the United States for far too long. False: All White Men cannot be trusted, or are racist to some degree and are ALL responsible for the current state of world affairs. In Whiteboy, Tom is addressing the increasing “hatred” of white people in the US, partially because of the acts of those White Men in power that are and have been screwing things up – but also for crimes committed generations ago by a some White Men (slavery, lynchings, segregation, sterilization, etc…). Why should ANYONE, including White males, be ashamed of their race at birth? What did a baby, of any race, do before their own birth, that they should harbor the guilt of? Should any baby with Roman ancestry harbor guilt for the persecution and execution of Jesus? Should any baby with Egyptian ancestry harbor guilt for the enslavement of dozens of people, including those of Hebrew descent?
    —INCIDENTALLY— You fix all this by electing someone other than OLD WHITE “STRAIGHT” MALES to political office. THIS IS ON EVERYONE!
    Then there is Politically Incorrect. Much like Straight White Male, this has some tongue-in-cheek satire in it. The idea society has done what the US Government was forbidden to do, CENSOR speech. Freedom of expression includes freedom to offend. This idea that a word, on its own, is offensive has been the source of stupid expressions like “beans-and-rice” instead of Jesus Christ, or “WTF” instead of saying “What-the-F$$k”. Darn instead of Damn. “Shot the Front Door” instead “Shut-the-f$$k-up”. If we simply replace a word, with another word that is intended to mean the same thing, what is the point. Truth: Some words, historically, have only had the purpose of discrimination, degradation, and hatred… Probably best not to use those words… But to turn every word, gesture, and sentiment into something harmful or offensive… People take all the WRONG things TOO SERIOUSLY.
    And in regards to Tom MacDonald, as is the truth with everything in life, if you don’t like it, say you don’t like it – and MOVE ON. Why take the time to denigrate it or disparage it? Those actions only seek to elevate yourself at the lose of others… If you actually listed to his music, you might have figured out he was against that very thing.

  3. Great article! I mean, how dare a popular artist stand up for everybody and say that we’re all on the same team!?

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