Today, Fantastic Negrito shares the video for "A Boy Named Andrew" from his sophomore album Please Don't Be Dead. The release arrives ahead of the 61st annual GRAMMY Awards airing Sunday, February 10, where he'll celebrate his second consecutive nomination for "Best Contemporary Blues Album."
On the release, Negrito states, "I was 'A Boy Named Andrew.' I grew up in foster care feeling like an outsider, and I wanted to write a song about it - about the real stories and real people I met that may not get their stories heard. The video was shot on location in Milan. We love Italy and the energy of the people there. It was directed by a talented 18 year old named Freddy Macdonald. Thanks Freddy for all your time and energy making this happen."
WATCH "A BOY NAMED ANDREW"
In a brand new story at Esquire, Negrito discusses his "forays into fashion, the style icons who made him, and the pieces that still move him."
"They would see me and just double over laughing, looking at me," Negrito says. "But they didn't bully me or beat me up. I don't know if people realize this, but the hood has lots of comedians. And this one guy walked up to me and he was like, 'What ship is you the captain of?' I still think about this to this day."
When you listen to Fantastic Negrito, you're invited to hear the story of life after destruction. Each song is a real story about a musician from Oakland who experienced the highs of a million dollar record deal, the lows of a near fatal car accident that left him in a coma, and is now in the midst of a rebirth that took him from the streets of Oakland to the Grammy stage. On the way he won the NPR Tiny Desk Contest and toured the world, playing alongside artists ranging from Chris Cornell to Solange to Sturgill Simpson.