Monday, February 13
The Last Days of Oakland - Fantastic Negrito (2016)
"Blues in the 21st century usually falls into two camps: hip revivalists raised on rock who are ready to shred and traditionalists content to confine the music on a narrow path. Fantastic Negrito -- the new persona of Xavier Dphrepaulezz, who previously pledged allegiance to Sly Stone in the '90s -- disregards this playbook by offering a fresh take on blues with his 2016 album, The Last Days of Oakland. ... There's a reason why this album is named after his hometown: it's an album about Oakland, just as it's an album about Xavier, yet this city by the Bay stands in for any other city in America, just as Fantastic Negrito speaks for anybody frustrated by the loss of humanity in this era of gentrifications."
Fantastic Negrito celebrates East Bay, new album release
Soundcloud: The Last Days of Oakland - Complete Album
YouTube: Fantastic Negrito: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert