Fantastic Negrito - The Last Days Of Oakland
Known for his unique fusion of blues, soul, roots and rock music, on The Last Days of Oakland frontman and songwriter Xavier Dphrepaulezz tackles the socioeconomic, race and class issues he witnesses on a daily basis living in the East Bay. The winner of NPR's inaugural Tiny Desk Concert Contest, Fantastic Negrito quickly won over critics with 2015's self-titled EP. Consequence of Sound wrote of the record "Dphrepaulezz sings like a man compelled by a spiritual force...[his] voice is impassioned, somewhere between a croon and a scream," and the Washington Post praised the EP's "raw vocals and self-assessing lyrics." The San Francisco Chronicle noted that "almost overnight, the singer-songwriter became an international sensation."