Fantastic Negrito’s most ambitious work, White Jesus Black Problems, OUT TODAY

Article Contributed by Shore Fire Media | Published on Sunday, June 5, 2022

Today, three-time Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, musician and activist Fantastic Negrito (neé Xavier Dphrepaulezz) shares his most ambitious and provocative project to date, White Jesus Black Problems, out now on Storefront Records. Accompanied by a companion film, White Jesus Black Problems is a synthesis of so much – an ancestral journey, an unlikely love story, and even a self-discovery of one’s true name. This new project follows the artists’ acclaimed 2020 album Have You Lost Your Mind Yet? Sonically, White Jesus Black Problems is emotionally charged, mixing blistering rock and roll grit with infectious R&B grooves and buoyant funk energy to deliver a sound that manages to feel both vintage and experimental all at once.

White Jesus Black Problems was written, recorded, and filmed in Oakland, where Negrito grew up and currently resides. Combined with the visuals, WJBP yields a transcendent and immersive sensory experience, one that challenges our notions of who we are, where we come from, and where we're headed. The multi-media work is based on the true story of his seventh generation white Scottish grandmother (Grandma Gallimore), an indentured servant, living in a common law marriage with his seventh generation African American enslaved grandfather (Grandfather Courage); in open defiance of the racist, separatist, laws of 1750s colonial Virginia.

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Fantastic Negrito on White Jesus Black Problems –

“There’s a feeling out there right now that we can’t get anything done because we’re so polarized, so entrenched in our ideologies and unmoved by facts or logic, but I wanted to share this story because I think it smashes that narrative to pieces. I stand on the shoulders of my ancestors, both Black and white, who showed me that anything is possible. There was a lot of ugliness in their story, but there was a lot of beauty, too, because in the end, perseverance overcame.”

White Jesus Black Problems has been receiving applause across the board, including praising nods from NPR All Things Considered, NPR Music, MOJO, Pitchfork, Line of Best Fit, No Depression – just to name a few. In a four-star review, MOJO described the album as a “tremendous synthesis of righteous rhetoric and gnarly, funk-flecked blues-rock… a potent tour de force” and American Songwriter Mag draws comparisons to Prince as Negrito crafts his own, unique “musical and thematic groove that thrusts his music further.”

On Saturday, June 4, Negrito will host a YouTube premiere for the entire White Jesus Black Problems film. Make sure to tune in at 12pm PT/3pm ET HERE

Watch the music video for “Nibbadip” HERE

Watch the music video for “Highest Bidder” HERE

Watch the music video for “Oh Betty” HERE

Watch the music video for “Trudoo” HERE

Fantastic Negrito announced a string of shows, including Celebrate Brooklyn, Bottlerock Festival, Electric Forest, and the Hollywood Bowl Jazz Fest. Find out more about Fantastic Negrito’s tour dates here: HERE (Full tour routing below)

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Listen to They Go Low HERE

Listen to Trudoo HERE

Listen to Oh Betty HERE

Listen to Highest Bidder HERE