Tom McDonald is a Canadian rapper and former professional wrestler who now resides in Los Angeles, California. He is originally from Vancouver, British Columbia.
Tom’s songs are renowned for being critical of “woke” society and political correctness. His album “Fake Woke” was momentarily taken down from a number of popular streaming and download services in February 2021, which many fans perceived as censorship. However, after a few days, it was repaired.
Life and Career
MacDonald was raised in Edmonton, Alberta, and Mission, British Columbia. Later, he performed in professional wrestling matches with the ring name Allstar. In 2017, MacDonald, who had battled alcoholism for much of his life, experienced a “severe breakdown” that drove him to decide to get treatment.
At the age of 18, MacDonald began rapping, and in February 2018, he first achieved success with the tune “Dear Rappers.” Social media users slammed his song “Straight White Male,” which he wrote about his perception that straight white men are being persecuted. On his song “Cloned Rappers,” which was released in September 2019, MacDonald spoke about the Illuminati cloning rappers and destroying the originals.
Before it was postponed, MacDonald was slated to open for Falling in Reverse on their Episode IV Tour in late 2019. He issued 20 singles in 2020, among them “White Trash,” “Sellout,” “Best Rapper Ever,” “Cancer,” and “Angels.” The song “Coronavirus” by MacDonald, which was written about the COVID-19 pandemic, was released in March 2020.
The track “Fake Woke” by MacDonald was released in January 2021, and it debuted at position 96 on the Billboard Hot 100. Eminem released a number of NFTs as a part of his “Shady Con” event with Nifty Gateway, and MacDonald paid $100,000 for one of them—an instrumental by Eminem titled “Stan’s Revenge.” The instrumental was used by MacDonald to write his song “Dear Slim,” which was published in May 2021. The music video for the song paid homage to the music video for “Stan” by Eminem from 2000. He released “Snowflakes” in June 2021, and it debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at position 71. Blaire White, a political analyst, danced in the background of the music video. On the Billboard Hot 100, his song “Brainwashed,” which was published in August 2021, reached at position 89.
When asked about musical influences, MacDonald has included the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Joe Cocker, Janis Joplin, Tupac, Eminem, Aerosmith, and The Offspring. His songs frequently address American racial politics.
Drew Millard, in a piece for Vice, called MacDonald “turgid” and claimed that he became famous by “filtering the overcooked platitudes of the Intellectual Dark Web into songs,” noting that he “can feel like an unstoppable force of reactionary dumbness.” Having “one of the most contentious personas hip hop has ever seen,” according to Ariana Thompson of Inked, MacDonald’s right-wing fan base “cling[s] onto every syllable he utter[s].” According to Alice Hines’ essay for Rolling Stone, MacDonald is just being provocative and doesn’t really believe what he is saying.
When asked about MacDonald’s convictions by Adam Pepper, an actor who starred in the music video for Whiteboy, he said that he didn’t think MacDonald actually held the opinions expressed in his music. Instead, he said, “He says it because he knows it’s going to generate some form of reaction.” The fact that MacDonald described himself as pro-choice, took COVID safety precautions seriously while being interviewed, and admitted to frequently watching videos on intersectionality—an analytical framework for comprehending how a person’s social and political identities interact to produce various forms of discrimination and privilege—seems to support this claim.
Why Was ‘Fake Woke’ Removed from Itunes?
Before it was abruptly taken down, “Fake Woke” was performing fairly well on iTunes, which was recognised by many fans and social media users. Rapper from Canada claims that the song was removed due to “an internal error” on his part. Tom replied to one of his followers on Instagram and said: “I’ve said it many times, it was an internal error on my part. It will return soon. Keep an eye on Tom’s social media accounts since he might post when the song will be available again on iTunes.
Where Can You Listen to ‘fake Woke’?
On Tom’s official YouTube channel, the video for “Fake Woke” is still accessible as of the time of publication. The single is also available for SoundCloud listeners, although it is presently not available on Spotify or Amazon Music. The song topped numerous Billboard Charts in addition to receiving thousands of downloads and millions of views. Emerging Artists, Digital Song Sales, Rap Digital Song, and R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Song Sales all ranked “Fake Woke” as the top song. Many rap lovers are also finding the song to be popular, and many people have posted their reactions to it on social media. “I’ve probably already watched it ten times. You set a high standard for 2021. Can’t wait to see what else you put out this year,” one person responded.
“Tom, this is great! Another person said, “Proud of the HangOverGang for making this happen for them!!!” In the previous four days, Tom has been very busy signing, packing, labelling, and filling 15 cartons of autographed albums.