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Fantastic Negrito

“I don’t have solutions, I’m just telling people, ‘Hey this is what’s going on. This is what it is.’” — Fantastic Negrito

The first couple of times that I met Xavier Dphrepaulezz, I couldn’t shake the feeling that I was being sold something. He knew how to charm, and he had the look of the converted in his eye—a gleam that reminded me of the woman who used to help my parents around the house (until she started painting crosses made of dirt over the door frames, a nice companion piece to the mezuzahs). Xavier would speak in platitudes, delivering a rotating cast of realness, love, and togetherness. He was quick to show you his mangled arm, the result of a car crash fifteen years prior that had put him in a three-week coma and ended his deal with Interscope, and he was even quicker to break into song.


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