There are a couple of new songs out now, along with accompanying videos. One is from country superstar Brad Paisley and another from a relatively new rapper, Tom MacDonald. They both have guests appear in their songs but you might be surprised who one guest, country singer John Rich, duets with. The other duet includes a current president so we’ve got some heavy hitters in this post today.
Tom MacDonald burst onto the scene a couple of years ago with his many, many tattoos and bold rap lyrics bashing American politics and government in general. In my recollection up to that point in history, calling out the hypocrisy in Washington, D.C. wasn’t a common part of the rap world. It was mostly old, straight, non-rapping white men (much to the disappointment of Katy Perry) complaining about liberal agendas.
Brad Paisley is a well-known country singer who’s been around for decades. He’s married to actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley. Brad has the skill and ability to sing heartfelt songs that’ll make you cry then turn around and sing a playful song that will restore happiness with some laughs. It’s quite the talent he has!
So in their latest songs, which one brought on a country singer as a collaborator and which invited a sitting president? You’d think that Brad’s song would be ultra patriotically pro-America (it IS country music after all) and the rapper would be pretty much the opposite. But listen to these two songs as the videos play and decide for yourself which musician seems to have caught on to the broken system in Washington. Spoiler alert, Tom is with John Rich and Brad is with Volodymyr Zelenskyy. 👋😇🤓🤯🕺
“End of the World” has serious and deep messages and I suppose “Same Here” does, too. But the playful video from Tom MacDonald is the perfect way to offset the heavy thoughts. Brad doesn’t have an official video yet but if he puts one out, you can bet it won’t be lighthearted. It’s surprising to me how different the songs are yet both could be classified as country music. I can’t help but think the writers of Brad’s song are missing something while the writer of Tom’s song is fully aware of what’s going on. Maybe the truth is somewhere between the two sides (liberal vs. conservative) but perhaps we could all agree that most of the politicians claiming to have our best interests in mind, don’t.
… and to answer the question in the title of the post and based on their latest songs, YESSSSSSS Tom MacDonald is a lot more patriotic than Brad Paisley. On top of that, Tom’s is a nice addition to rap (and country music, for that matter) while Brad’s won’t be remembered for anything except being the dumbest country song ever.
See you all tomorrow…
-Out of the Wilderness