Fantastic Negrito
Fantastic Negrito

Fantastic Negrito

About Fantastic Negrito

Bay Area-based singer/songwriter Xavier Dphrepaulezz rebooted his career in the 2010s by adopting the name Fantastic Negrito and pioneering a blues, hip-hop, rock, folk, and funk hybrid on his 2016 album The Last Days of Oakland. This record arrived 11 years after X Factor, an album he released on Interscope under the name Xavier in 1995, but The Last Days of Oakland functioned as a de facto debut, showcasing an inventive, passionate musician who pulled together all the different, sometimes contradictory sounds within 21st century America and who played with the past as a way to comment upon the present. These skills came into sharp relief on Please Don't Be Dead and Have You Lost Your Mind Yet?, records that both won the Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues Album, while 2022's White Jesus Black Problems found Fantastic Negrito pushing further into the funky unknown.

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