by Rene Cobar
photo by DeAndre Forks
Whenever an artist dials a blues-rock sound up to 10, listening minds are bound to be rattled. As was the case in the ‘70s with Zeppelin, Fantastic Negrito is blasting through the speakers of a generation and reminding everyone that dirty rock still kicks ass. The two-time Grammy-winning artist launches powerful critiques about American society with the help of distorted guitar riffs, quaking drums, and slithery basslines. Fantastic Negrito’s social commentary covers the medical industry, racial oppression, and the youth’s shrinking affinity for history’s transgressions. Fantastic Negrito comes at a time when interchangeable pop and hip-hop music is dominating the charts but he is not shy about going his own way, presenting distinctive music that draws heavily from vibrant cultures. The soulful blues singer guarantees an electric show at this year’s Lollapalooza, gathering masses ready to lose themselves to the might of rock ‘n’ roll alongside the sobering truth of his messages.