Fantastic Negrito
Have You Lost Your Mind Yet?
Cooking Vinyl, 2020

August 25, 2020

It’s titled Have You Lost Your Mind Yet?  Fantastic Negrito‘s latest album.

A character with a life full of twists, Fantastic Negrito (stage name of Xavier Amin Dphrepaulezz) has a biography worthy of a thriller. A teenage drug dealer in Oakland, he signed a contract with Interscope in 1993 through Prince’s first manager. In 1999 a car accident nearly cost him his life, then he opened an illegal club in South Central Los Angeles, and finally in 2014 returned to music. In 2015 he won the NPR Tiny Desk Contest and in 2017 his album The Last Days of Oakland won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album.


Fantastic Negrito himself defines his music as “black roots music for everyone”: a brilliant mix of blues, soul, gospel, hip-hop, R&B, jazz and rock. Have You Lost Your Mind Yet? is an amazing and very personal sum of all these styles, an album with an irresistible groove with beautiful sounds and at the same time classic and contemporary.

The references and citations in the various tracks are almost infinite (starting from the initial “Chocolate Samurai”, which incorporates the classic groove of Stevie Wonder). An album for the listener who loves black music:  while being transported to the future of music, meanwhile discovers the tributes to the past with which Fantastic Negrito enriches his sound palette.

“Black roots music for everyone”: really!



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