New York City artist Xenia Rubinos dips in and out of genre and structure to create movingly impactful music. Today she has done it again with “Who Shot Ya?”, a one-two punch of a song urgently calling for the listener to channel both their rage and power.
“I’m cheering on my fam to go and get it, whether that be get their rest, get their peace, get their money, get their justice — to get up and get it,” Xenia said of the song. “How many more times am I going to hear another man in power talk about what is best for the people, only to turn around and put children in cages and murder innocent people in their sleep? This perceived power is no action at all when their interests aren’t being served. The system is working as it was designed to and I’m trying to amplify some of that in my work. Borrowing from Cuban poet Jose Marti’s Versos Sencillos, she sings through a silvery autotune, ‘Soy de todas partes y a todas partes voy’ – I am from all places and to all places I go – an affirmation of the boundless power we possess.”