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Fantastic Negrito Says It's Okay To Lose Your Mind Sometimes

Lyle Owerko
Fantastic Negrito latest album is "Have You Lost Your Mind Yet?"

Oakland’s Fantastic Negrito has gone from singing in BART stations to performing on stages around the world. The two-time Grammy winner’s latest album is "Have You Lost Your Mind Yet?"

"I don't want to fit into someone's repressed fantasy of how they see the world. So I love me."

This is his third full length album and first to top the Billboard Blues charts. In this interview, Fantastic Negrito talks about how his sound has evolved, his thoughts on mental health, and why he’s spending his time off stage farming.

Click the play button above to listen to the interview. And, a note: Always consult your doctor if you have questions about your own mental health treatment.


Jeneé Darden is an award-winning journalist, author, public speaker and proud Oakland native. She hosts the weekly arts segment Sights & Sounds and covers East Oakland for KALW. Jenee has reported for NPR, Marketplace, KQED, KPCC, The Los Angeles Times, Ebony magazine, Refinery29 and other outlets. In 2005, she reported on the London transit bombings for Time magazine. Prior to coming to KALW, she hosted the podcast Mental Health and Wellness Radio.