New Music Monday: Uncle Meg

It’s easy to poke fun at the excesses and eccentricities of pop celebrities, but we all love the glitter and gold they represent. That’s the non-joke at the heart of rapper Uncle Meg’s latest single as a solo artist, “Taylor Swift.” Over lyrics that name-drop Taylor Swift, Britney Spears, and Law and Order: SVU, among others, the video (which we’re premiering here) finds Meg and their cohort dancing hard in the studio, taking their party to the city streets, and crying shiny golden tears, just like pop stars.

Uncle Meg is no stranger to pop satire. When we last caught up with them, Meg (who now uses they/them pronouns) had just separated from the bodacious rap collective Handjob Academy, who had a track about celebrity obsession called “Lena Dunham.” {In a meta- twist, the actual Taylor Swift posted an Instagram video of the actual Lena Dunham dancing to the eponymous track. Perhaps Lena will post one of Tay after this song is out?) These days, Meg is preparing for the release of their debut full-length, Bug, out November 4th.

“Taylor Swift” is, in many ways, the perfect introduction to Uncle Meg. It’s pop satire, which Meg has been rapping about for years. And, while the lyrics are about the strictly-parametered, whitewashed world of pop superstardom, the video is about exploding boundaries of gender expression, body shape and size, and even religious beliefs. Meg uses silly lyrics to make serious points, even when they’re sobbing goopy golden tears while they’re doing it. Meg described their writing process as a debate between their “Higher Self vs. Lower Self,” which sums up the project of “Taylor Swift” pretty perfectly. 

by Katie Presley
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Katie Presley is a writer and editor currently based on the East Coast (help, how did this happen??). She's been with Bitch in one form or another since 2010, when she started as a New Media Intern, and most recently served as Bitch's first and only Music Editor, from 2016-2017. Past resume lines include Assistant Producer for All Songs Considered at NPR Music, panelist on Pop Culture Happy Hour, and bylines at NPR and Ms. Katie is also a doula and herbalist, and writes a blog on herbal medicine, "The Herbal Apprentice." She also co-founded the first full-spectrum doula organization in Texas, The Bridge Collective. She is also a late-comer to being a Dog Person, but currently lives with four cats. 

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