Fantastic Negrito released his critically acclaimed ”The Last Days of Oakland” debut album last year, and it immediately won the hearts of music lovers with its unique fusion of blues, soul, rock and roots. In January, the artist received his first Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues Album. Fantastic Negrito – whose real name is Xavier Dphrepaulezz – deals with socio-economic issues in his music, as well as race and class issues that he has witnessed in his everyday life in Oakland. The artist isn’t a newcomer or a shooting star – he got a big recording deal already back in the 90’s when he was known as Xavier. However, the musician's life took a dramatic turn in a car crash, which resulted in three week’s coma and a prolonged rehabilitation. Later on he created a brand new artist persona as Fantastic Negrito, whose main role models include R.L. Burnside and Skip James among other delta-blues icons. Rough life-experiences and everyday observations can be heard in his music interpreted with distinctive and husky voice.