FANTASTIC NEGRITO - The Last Days Of Oakland (2016)
Oakland musician Fantastic Negrito took home a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album, a first for the singer-songwriter. The guitarist, whose real name is Xavier Dphrepaulezz, won for his album “The Last Days of Oakland," a record that tackles politics, society, race and a changing Bay Area landscape through slide guitar riffs and urgent, sometimes anguished, vocals. He refers to it as “black roots music for everyone.”
Fantastic Negrito is a man's truth told in the form of black roots music. Each song the true story of a musician from Oakland who experienced the highs of a million dollar record deal, the lows of a near fatal car accident that put him in a coma, and is now in the phase of rebirth despite his playing hand being mangled. Negrito's music emphasizes rawness and space. Slide guitar, drums, piano. Rather than update the Delta Blues, Fantastic Negrito leaves the original sounds of Lead Belly and Skip James intact, building bridges to a modern sound with loops and samples of his own live instruments. But the primary element that drives Fantastic Negrito's music is uncut realness and zero concern for "pop" anything.
TRACKS: 01. Intro - Last Days Of Oakland 02. Working Poor 03. About A Bird 04. Scary Women 05. Interlude 1 - What Do You Do 06. The Nigga Song 07. In The Pines 08. Hump Thru The Winter 09. Lost In A Crowd 10. Interlude 2 - El Chileno 11. The Worst 12. Rant Rushmore 13. Nothing Without You