Transcending Through Actions: New Beats and Rhymes From Chile’s FreeLee Hernández

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“Cuando Mueran Mis Ojos” (“When My Eyes Die”) is one of the tracks on the upcoming album that Chilean producer FreeLee Hernández has titled Future. The song shares reflections on lives lived in confinement through music and features RXLX (pronounced rolo) and YXGXN (pronounced yoo-gen), who go deep as they spit sociopolitical rhymes reflecting on capitalism, collectivism, and shared legacies.

FreeLee Hernández first debuted this music project in the summer of 2020—in the midst of the pandemic—with the track “Qnsplf (Que No Se Pierda La Fe)” (“Keep The Faith”). 

He did, in fact, keep the faith, and things turned around in 2021 as he was able to keep busy with a steady stream of collaborative projects showcasing Chilean hip-hop artists. 

Popping off 2022 with a new single, “Cuando mueran mis ojos,” Hernández’s featured guests, RXLX and YXGXN, share their reflections “on the social evolution after the pandemic.” Both are from Villa Alemana and Quilpué, respectively, and the geographics were an intentional choice for Hernández. He wanted to contrast and complement the rapper’s reflections on life during the pandemic and their thoughts during their “confinement in a common language, music.”

Regarding the new album, the focus of Future is “to expose and work with different points of view, both in musical styles and in thoughts open to the progress we are living as a country and also as a Latin American people,” he explains. “Transcending through actions.”

YXGXN says the song focuses on the effects of the pandemic and present a call for unity. He feels there needs to be an “understanding that the future depends on us and not just on a few.”

RXLX ruminates on the power of collectivism, while Hernández says the song and music propose giving “a face to the problems of late capitalism and to transcend through actions, not names or individualizations. ‘When my eyes die’ is to understand that our actions will matter much more than our reflections regarding our interference and our legacy in the future of history.”

The single is available on all digital platforms. 

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IG: @freelee_hernandez

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Featured image courtesy of FreeLee Hernández

Sandra Treviño is a music journalist, DJ and radio host living in Chicago. Listen to her on the radio Friday afternoons on 91.1FM Vocalo and every second and fourth Monday at 6 PM CST on 105.5FM Lumpen Radio. she is also one half of the female selecta duo The Ponderers. #futurerootz #theponderers #djangelfuk

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