Fantastic Negrito has released his new album, Have You Lost Your Mind Yet?, via Cooking Vinyl/Blackball Universe. The album has gone straight in at #2 on the UK iTunes Rock Chart and #3 on the US iTunes Rock chart. In addition to the release of his third LP, Fantastic Negrito is celebrating being featured in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s Social Justice Exhibit. His cover and docu-narrative, In The Pines, and the Gibson guitar he played in the video are currently on display alongside other musical trailblazers speaking up for the cause of equality.
Have You Lost Your Mind Yet? marks Fantastic Negrito’s most far-reaching work thus far, fusing elements of hip-hop, R&B, funk, soul, and rock‘n’roll into an incendiary synthesis all his own. Inspired by and reminiscent of the socio-political albums coming from Black America in the late 1960s and into the ‘70s, the album sees Negrito exploring the struggle and complexities of mental health issues while continuing his long running lyrical examination of America’s increasingly broken social and political state of affairs.
“On the first two albums I wrote about broad topics,” Fantastic Negrito says. “The proliferations of gun violence, the evil NRA, gentrification and homelessness, pharmaceutical companies that prey upon the people. On this album I wanted to write about people I knew, people I grew up with, people whose lives I could personally affect, and whose lives have impacted me. It was the hardest album I’ve ever written.
“What do I want to say to these people, and to the world? If I had the chance, I would tell them the pain they are feeling, the darkness they are going through is temporary – especially if you consider the span of a human life. I would tell them we can’t fight these obstacles alone. We need each other. Get offline. Talk to people. I would tell them I am here for you. We can’t hide from the pain. We need to look right at it. To really look into someone’s eyes is to feel their power and their vulnerability, to feel humanity, and to feel love.”
Fantastic Negrito has also announced his European tour dates for March 2021, which includes a show at London’s Jazz Café on Monday 29th. Full dates below
Mon 22nd Alcatraz, Milan (Italy)
Tues 23rd La Cigale, Paris (France)
Weds 24th Paradiso Noord, Amsterdam (Holland)
Thurs 25th Upload, Barcelona (Spain)
Sat 27th Indipendence, Madrid (Spain)
Mon 29th Jazz Café, London (England)