Happy Thursday! Ana Lee here with a new song from Oakland, California’s Fantastic Negrito for my DJ pick of the week. He was honored with his first Grammy for last year’s The Last Days of Oakland and is back with a brand new album called Please Don’t Be Dead released last month via Blackball Universe. Listen to his single “The Duffler” below and let us know what you think! Don’t miss him July 17 at City Winery Nashville. Buy tickets here.
Fantastic Negrito is the incarnation of a musician who is reborn after going through a lot of awful sh**(his words). In fact, the name Fantastic Negrito represents his third rebirth, literally coming back from death this time. The narrative on this man is as important as the sound, because the narrative is the sound. Songs born from a long hard life channeled through black roots music. Slide guitar, drums, piano. Urgent, desperate, edgy. Fantastic Negrito is the story of a man who struggled to “make it”, who “got it”, who lost it all, and somehow managed to find his way back. These are singular songs by a true musician who writes and produces his own work. His songs are his fuel as he continues on the third comeback of his life, at a time when our world is in upheaval