Fantastic Negrito earned a Grammy Award in 2017 for his album The Last Days of Oakland — his soulful funk/rock striking a chord with those who like music with a raw, earnest and vibrant energy.
Today, the man otherwise known as Xavier Amin Dphrepaulezz released a new record, Please Don’t Be Dead. Titled after and featuring album artwork referencing a near-death car accident he suffered back in 2000), this album should do nothing but elevate his status even higher than it already is among his indie/rock peers.
There’s style, there’s energy, there’s social commentary, and there’s soul all over this record. So much soul.
You’re really best just turning this on letting it do the talking for itself, rather than reading more words here. So enjoy it below, via Spotify or Apple Music:
Please Don’t Be Dead is Negrito’s way of reacting to his world, and the realities faced by folks in the United States in 2018.
“I wrote this album because I fear for the life of my black son,” he explains. “I fear for the lives of my daughters. I am uncertain about what kind of future they will face. Will someone shoot up their school? Will they become addicted to prescription pills? Will they wind up on the street, sleeping under freeways and overpasses? Will the police murder my son? I came up with the name Please Don’t Be Dead because I felt like we’d lost of our way as a society – and I know what happens when you chase the wrong things. It’s the story of my life.”
Catch is live show in the coming months (including a spot at the second-ever Arroyo Seco in Pasadena).
Jun 15 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
Jun 24 – Pasadena, CA @ Arroyo Seco Festival
Jun 26 – Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
Jun 27 – Phoenix, AZ @ Last Exit Live
Jun 29 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Bunkhouse Saloon
Jun 30 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
Jul 01 – Denver, CO @ Globe Hall
Jul 03 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Opolis
Jul 05 – Austin, TX @ Antone’s
Jul 06 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues – Bronze Peacock
Jul 08 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues – Cambridge Room
Jul 10 – St. Louis, MO @ Old Rock House
Jul 11 – Kansas City, MO @ Knuckleheads
Jul 13 – Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre
Jul 14 – North Liberty, IA @ North Liberty Blues & BBQ
Jul 17 – Nashville, TN @ City Winery
Jul 18 – Oxford, MS @ Proud Larry’s
Jul 20 – Asheville, NC @ Downtown After 5 Festival
Jul 21 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade – Purgatory Stage
Jul 23 – Charlotte, NC @ Visulite Theater
Jul 24 – Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall
Jul 25 – Washington, DC @ Sixth & I Historic Synagogue
Jul 27 – Newport, RI @ Newport Folk Festival
Aug 25 – Brooklyn, NY @ Afropunk
Sept 30 – Dana Point, CA @ Ohana Festival