FANTASTIC NEGRITO’S
THE LAST DAYS OF OAKLAND OUT
JUNE 3 VIA BLACKBALL UNIVERSE

“WORKING POOR” PREMIERES ON
NPR MUSIC’S ALL SONGS CONSIDERED

The Last Days of Oakland, the highly anticipated first full-length album from critically acclaimed artist Fantastic Negrito, is out June 3 on Blackball Universe. To celebrate the upcoming release, NPR Music’s All Songs Considered is premiering the single “Working Poor.” The track is available for purchase via iTunes beginning today.

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. “Something has happened,” observes Dphrepaulezz. “We are in a new phase. An era has definitely ended and I can feel it in every major city I toured in the States. Black folks have moved out of the city in large numbers. The cities have become almost impossible to live in due to skyrocketing rent and high costs of living.” He also notes, “I feel the end of something always means the beginning of something new. I like my chances and I like yours in The Last Days of Oakland. It’s really up to us collectively if we choose.”

The winner of NPR’s inaugural Tiny Desk Concert Contest, Fantastic Negrito quickly won over critics with 2015’s self-titled EP.

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Dphrepaulezz hailed from an orthodox Muslim household as a child. After relocating from rural Massachusetts to Oakland as a teenager in the 1980s, he quickly moved from strict religion to the music of Funkadelic; by the age of 20 he taught himself to play just about every instrument he came across, and in the `90s, he signed a multi-million dollar deal with Interscope Records performing under his first name Xavier. He told NPR that the name is “a celebration of blackness. The ‘Fantastic’ is self-explanatory; the ‘Negrito’ is a way to open blackness up to everyone, making it playful and international.”

Special thanks to Sacks & Co.