Uncle Meg is a West Virginian born, Brooklyn-based Transgender rapper whose visual & lyrical talents have been featured in Paper Magazine, New York Magazine, & Instagrammed by Taylor Swift. In 2016, not only did Uncle Meg release his debut 15-track album titled, Bug, but he also started going by his/him pronouns, beginning a personal exploration with his gender expression. Can’t Stay The Same is Uncle Meg’s latest full-length and was released for free download on his Soundcloud page December 1st, 2017. The ten track duet album with MC John Debt explores gender and captures the pain from growth and death.
“John and I probably met in like 2013/2014 in Brooklyn,” Max says regarding how the new collaborative album came to be. “We were both working separately and performing in our old groups, Hand Job Academy & Phing. Up until that point, we hadn’t been close friends at all, but after our bands broke up, we started to get together at my house and write. All of the beats on Can’t Stay The Same except for “Resistance” and “Champion,” which were produced by King John in Nashville, were some of my very first beats from when I started to teach myself how to use Mashine Mikro and Logic. It was music that I never thought would see the light of day because I thought it sounded amateur. John and I wrote to them anyways and had a ton of fun doing it.
After we recorded some of the songs, we listened back and we thought they were hilarious and absolutely horrible. We had thrown in so many ad-libs and vocal tracks into the mix that it sounded like a bipolar serial killer had written the album. But after cleaning it up a bit with some editing and mixing, we began to cherish it. I relate this album to a super special time in my life when I got to connect with John. We were going thru similar things in our own personal lives; times of change, growth, birth, death, and the general cycle of life. All which are themes spread throughout the album.
We finished Can’t Stay The Same in early March 2017, right before my top surgery and right before John moved to Berlin. He had been living in Brooklyn, homeless, crashing on people’s couches because he could no longer afford to live as an artist in New York City. At that point I had just started HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy), was getting ready for top surgery, and was getting used to a whole new world with a newly different gender. We both had a lot to write about and express at that time.
I listened to this album whenever I was scared and needed to be brave, and time after time it would give me confidence. I listened to it right before my surgery, I listened to it whenever I had to get blood work done, I listened to it whenever I had anxiety on the train. And for some weird reason it always calmed me down immediately because it was a piece of art that I knew was the real me and I associate it with a very special experience. I hadn’t had that much fun making art since I was in high school probably, so it rejuvenated me in a sense. John has become an icon to me and I absolutely adore him because he taught me how to let go and have more fun with my music.”
On February 13, 2018 Uncle Meg released a new single called “Chopper Jet” and had the following to say about the track:
“So I wrote the track shortly after my grandfather passed away last February. The title ‘Chopper Jet’ comes from the small and terrifying chopper planes you have to take into my hometown. So my lyrics are basically about my thoughts during that trip and the singing outro is more directly aligned with being on the plane. For the video, I wanted it to be really dark, gritty, and def wintery since that is when the story took place in my mind and I think the whole graveyard scene is a metaphor for a lot of the lyrics. We had a lot of dope people wanting to get in and be apart of the video and we had a dope time making it!”