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Fantastic Negrito premieres “Hump Thru the Winter” at SF Weekly, plays record release show at Oakland First Fridays June 3‏

Hump Thru the Winter,” the new track off of critically acclaimed artist Fantastic Negrito’s highly anticipated debut full-length record The Last Days of Oakland (out June 3 on Blackball Universe), is premiering at SF Weekly; listen/share the song at http://bit.ly/2216b5J. Fantastic Negrito frontman and songwriter Xavier Dphrepaulezz tells SF Weekly of the album’s subject matter, “People are working harder than they ever have, yet earning less than they ever have. The state of America—everybody blows when they are down on their knees.”

Fantastic Negrito will celebrate the album’s release with a free record release show at Oakland First Fridays on June 3. The band also has upcoming performances slated for May 19 at The Viaduct underneath Buena Vista Bridge in Los Angeles as well as at BottleRock, Outside Lands and Interstellar Rodeo Edmonton and Winnipeg this summer.

Dphrepaulezz recently made his national television debut as Fantastic Negrito on the season finale of Fox’s “Empire,” performing both his single “Lost in a Crowd”—the track that brought him to national attention, winning NPR’s inaugural Tiny Desk Concert Contest—and the hit song “Good Enough” alongside “Empire’s” Jamal Lyon. Watch/share the performance at http://bit.ly/1TjKrf9.

Known for his unique fusion of blues, soul, roots and rock music, on The Last Days of Oakland 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.”

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