A lot of folks have used the pandemic to reinvent themselves, but sometimes reinvention is less of a choice and more of a necessity. Just look at Fantastic Negrito, who after a failed record deal and catastrophic car accident, spent four weeks in a coma that atrophied his body and maimed his guitar playing hand. But within the next three years, Fantastic Negrito had won the inaugural NPR Tiny Desk Concert as well as the “Best Contemporary Blues Album” Grammy for his debut LP The Last Days of Oakland.
If there’s one thing Fantastic Negrito hasn’t struggled with, it’s sharing his brutally honest viewpoints with crowds of all kinds. He broke it down for our Studio 6A crowd last Saturday at SXSW on the verge of White Jesus Black Problems, out June 3rd. WJBP packs thirteen new tracks that cut deep with no sugarcoating, as heard in its lead single, “Highest Bidder”.