Fantastic Negrito ¦ Please Don’t Be Dead

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Please Don't Be Dead
The artwork shows Fantastic Negrito in hospital following a near-fatal car accident which put him in a coma.
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 22, 2018 (2018-06-22)
GenreBlues rock
ProducerFantastic Negrito
Fantastic Negrito chronology
The Last Days of Oakland
Please Don't Be Dead
Have You Lost Your Mind Yet?

Please Don't Be Dead is the third studio album by American singer-songwriter Fantastic Negrito.[1] The album was released on June 15, 2018.[2] The album won a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album at the 61st Grammy Awards.[3]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[5]

The album received a Metacritic score of 75 based on 7 critics, indicating generally favorable reviews.[4]

Track listing

1."Plastic Hamburgers"3:37
2."Bad Guy Necessity"3:58
3."A Letter To Fear"4:04
4."A Boy Named Andrew"4:22
5."Transgender Biscuits"3:02
6."The Suit That Won't Come Off"4:00
7."A Cold November Street"3:51
8."The Duffler"3:39
9."Dark Windows"3:40
10."Never Give Up"1:06
11."Bullshit Anthem"3:15
Total length:38:34


Chart performance for Please Don't Be Dead
Chart (2018)Peak
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[8]15
US Top Blues Albums (Billboard)[9]3


  1. ^ "Fantastic Negrito: Please Don't Be Dead". Retrieved 2018-12-08.
  2. ^ "Fantastic Negrito album announcement". 23 March 2018.
  3. ^ "61st GRAMMY Awards: Full Nominees & Winners List". 2018-12-07. Retrieved 2019-02-10.
  4. ^ a b "Please Don't Be Dead by Fantastic Negrito". Metacritic. Retrieved December 7, 2018.
  5. ^ Thomas Erlewine, Stephen. "AllMusic Review". AllMusic. Retrieved August 19, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Patrick, Ryan (June 18, 2018). "Exclaim! Review". Exclaim!. Retrieved August 19, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ Danton, Eric (June 13, 2018). "Paste Magazine Review". Paste. Retrieved August 19, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "Fantastic Negrito Chart History (Heatseekers Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved March 21, 2021.
  9. ^ "Fantastic Negrito Chart History (Top Blues Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved March 21, 2021.


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Fantastic Negrito
At Byron Bay Bluesfest, Australia, 2016
At Byron Bay Bluesfest, Australia, 2016
Background information
Birth nameXavier Amin Dphrepaulezz
Born (1968-01-20) January 20, 1968 (age 53)
Great Barrington, Massachusetts
OriginOakland, California
InstrumentsGuitar, vocals
Years active1996–2007, 2014–present

Xavier Amin Dphrepaulezz (born January 20, 1968),[1][2] better known by his stage name Fantastic Negrito, is an American singer-songwriter whose music spans blues, R&B, and roots music.[3] His 2016 album The Last Days of Oakland won a Grammy award for Best Contemporary Blues Album at the 59th Grammy Awards.[4] In 2019, his album Please Don't Be Dead[5] won the same category for the 61st Grammy Awards. [6][7] His 2020 album, Have You Lost Your Mind Yet? won Fantastic Negrito his 3rd Best Contemporary Blues Album Grammy at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards.

Early life

Dphrepaulezz was born in western Massachusetts, the eighth of fifteen children.[8] His father was a deeply religious Somali Muslim who, Dphrepaulezz recalls, had "a lot of rules" for his children.[9] Dphrepaulezz and his family relocated to Oakland, California, when he was 12 years old.[10] He began selling drugs as a teenager in Oakland, telling the Guardian, "We were all selling drugs, man. We all carried pistols. There was a crack epidemic. [....] I was the kind of kid who would sell fake weed [...]. Sometimes I would use tea."[9] He became inspired to teach himself how to play music after listening to Prince's album Dirty Mind and hearing that Prince was a self-taught musician. He learned to play music by sneaking into music classrooms at the University of California Berkeley despite not being a student there.[9]


Dphrepaulezz signed an early record deal with Prince's former manager. In 1993, he signed with Interscope Records.[9] On January 9, 1996, he released his first album, The X Factor, under the mononym Xavier. The album was released on and distributed by Interscope.[9][11] He was in a near-fatal car crash in 1999, which left him in a coma for three weeks.[3] He has said that he felt that this crash "released" him because Interscope terminated their contract with him, after which he set up an illegal nightclub in South Central Los Angeles.[9] In 2007, he stopped making music, but he returned in 2014, describing his new musical style as "black roots music for everyone".[3] In 2015, he won NPR's Tiny Desk Contest.[10] In 2016, his album The Last Days of Oakland was released on the Blackball Universe label.[12] Dphrepaulezz won his first Grammy in 2017, when The Last Days of Oakland received the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album.[13] He won his second Grammy with his next album, Please Don't Be Dead, which won "Best Contemporary Blues Album" at the 2019 Grammy Awards.[14]



  1. ^ "Fantastic Negrito on Instagram: "Happy birthday to me! Hope to see y'all @thenewparish next week Sacramento Mexico Brazil #fantasticnegrito #negritonation #blues…"". Instagram. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  2. ^ "Fantastic Negrito 1968-". Worldcat.
  3. ^ a b c McFarland, K.M. (2015-09-17). "7 Facts to Know About Fantastic Negrito Before He Blows Up". Wired.
  4. ^ Pereira, Alyssa (February 13, 2017). "Fantastic Negrito wins first Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues album". SFGate. Retrieved 2018-12-08.
  5. ^ Ainscoe, Mike (2018-03-26). "Fantastic Negrito: Please Don't Be Dead – album news".
  6. ^ "61st GRAMMY Awards: Full Nominees List". 2018-12-07. Retrieved 2018-12-08.
  7. ^ "61st Annual GRAMMY Awards". 2018-12-06. Retrieved 2019-02-10.
  8. ^ Vaziri, Aidin (2015-04-28). "Fantastic Negrito: Oakland musician lives up to new name". San Francisco Chronicle.
  9. ^ a b c d e f Paphides, Pete (2016-08-02). "Fantastic Negrito: the drug-dealing hustler who became Bernie Sanders' favourite bluesman". The Guardian.
  10. ^ a b Heller, Jason (May 26, 2016). "Review: Fantastic Negrito, 'The Last Days Of Oakland'". NPR.
  11. ^ Borzillo, Carrie (1996-01-20). "Popular Uprisings". Billboard. Vol. 108 no. 3. p. 17.
  12. ^ Loss, Robert (2016-07-13). "Fantastic Negrito's "Working Poor" Is the Soundtrack to the Summer of '16". PopMatters.
  13. ^ Pereira, Alyssa (February 12, 2017). "Fantastic Negrito wins first Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues album". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  14. ^ "Oakland's Fantastic Negrito continues winning streak at Grammy Awards". Retrieved January 20, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)


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