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.
In my pro-wrestling years, I did a radio interview & told the host that I wanted to be the best ever. My trainer heeled out, saying I had an ego & I should have said “I want to be the best I can be”. That guy was a fuckin idiot. NEVER LET SOMONES FEAR OF YOUR POTENTIAL CHANGE YOU
— Tom MacDonald (@IAMTOMMACDONALD) November 6, 2018
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.