Tom MacDonald first hit the airwaves in 2018 with the release of his first single, “Whiteboy.”
The track was the first of many MacDonald songs that discussed his perspective as a white male living in America.
Much like MacDonald’s future tracks, it would become divisive in the music industry.
Since then, MacDonald has put out a number of new tracks, including the Billboard Hot 100 songs—Fake Woke and Snowflakes.
He’s been hated on by Eminem fans around the world, and received a shout-out from Royce da 5’9”.
Oh, and he’s also been a pro wrestler known as Allstar.
The Origin Story
Tom MacDonald was born on September 21, 1988, in Alberta, Canada.
He grew up moving between Alberta and British Columbia.
His early musical influences were—maybe surprisingly—not rappers.
Mac Donald is a fan of The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Joe Cocker, Janis Joplin, and Aerosmith. Later in life, he’d also become a fan of Tupac and Eminem.
At 18 years old, Mac Donald started getting into hip-hop and rap.
He was penning his own lyrics to instrumentals of his favorite songs—much like every other wannabe rapper was doing back then.
He admitted in an interview that he “didn’t know much about hip-hop” so he rapped about what he heard. It was all drugs, girls, and guns—none of the things that were a part of Mac Donald’s life at that point.
Mac Donald struggled with alcoholism in his 20s and ended up in rehab in 2017 after an alcohol binge and breakdown.
It was after that breakdown—and his lengthy battle with alcohol—that he decided he needed to figure out what was important to him.
He also wanted to find his own voice in the rap industry.
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MacDonald has been hailed and slated in equal measure.
Vice called him “an unstoppable force of reactionary dumbness,” while Inked magazine commented on how his fans “cling onto every word he utters.”
The Dallas Observer said he was an “oracle” among Trump supporters.
Songs like Snowflakes showcase Mac Donald’s urgent, straightforward delivery and put the spotlight on his lyrics rather than showmanship.
He can come across as having a white privilege complex, but his songs contain more meaning than some of those in the mainstream in 2021.
Some of the songs MacDonald has released since Whiteboy include Straight White Male, which laments the demonization of cis-gender, heterosexual white men.
It was followed by Cloned Rappers in September 2019, White Trash, Sellout, Cancer, and Angels.
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In March 2020, the provocative aspiring rapper released another two tracks—No Lives Matter and If I Was Black. Also in 2020, MacDonald collaborated with Struggle Jennings on Ryan Upchurch‘s song “Travelers.”
MacDonald’s increasingly controversial lyrics—and his need to actively seek out the drama with his music content—has seen the release in January 2021 of Fake Woke.
He then purchased an Eminem-produced instrumental titled Stan’s Revenge.
The instrumental cost MacDonald $100k, and he used it as the background for his Dear Slim track in May 2021.
Dear Slim hit #4 on the Billboard Rap Digital Song Sales chart, and $5 on the Emerging Artists chart.
The official music video, released on MacDonald’s YouTube channel, had racked up more than 10 million views in its first two months on the platform.
Snowflakes—released in June 2021—debuted at #71 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it MacDonald’s best performing song so far.
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Tom MacDonald started dating Nova Rockafeller in 2017.
Nova is a recording artist who signed a partnership with Island Record and Boardwalk Records.
Her musical influences range from Weezer (an American rock band formed in Los Angeles) to Busta Rhymes. Rockafeller incorporates the early 1990s sounds
Nova Rockefeller—born Nova Leigh Paholek on July 22, 1988—grew up in Jamaica, before living in Toronto, NYC, and—eventually—in an Edmonton youth shelter.
It was 2017 when Tom and Nova met, and the pair would go on to launch their band—GFBF—and start writing music together.
Nova, who had a history in the music industry and some experience under her belt, would become MacDonald’s biggest support once he hit the (relatively) big time.
Rockefeller directed all his music videos from 2017 onwards, built his website, and guided him through the complex maze of the music industry.
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Tom MacDonald is 6 feet and 1 inch tall.
He has cited Aerosmith, Marilyn Manson, Janis Joplin, Joe Cocker, 2Pac, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Lady Gaga, and The Beatles as musical influences. ”Guys like Zeppelin and the Beatles,” he told Spotlight. ”Their music has been around for 30-40 years, and it’s really timeless.”
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Tom MacDonald – Net Worth
MacDonald earned most of his wealth from selling copies of his mixtapes (Flowers for the Dead, Therapy, and MacBeth) and albums (Gravestones, Ghostories, Deathreats, Dream People & the Whiskey Wars, As Far As The Stars, See You Tomorrow, and LeeAnn’s Son).
Tom also created his own line of merchandise under the Hangover Gang label. The gear is a pretty extensive range of tees, sweatpants, hats, bandanas, and accessories.
MacDonald has a YouTube channel with over 589 million views (about $1.2 million in revenue before state taxes). Therefore, rapper Tom MacDonald has an estimated net worth of $3 million.
Never heard of Tom MacDonald? Here’s his biggest hit so far—Snowflakes.
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