Fantastic Negrito—the project of frontman and songwriter Xavier Dphrepaulezz—bridges Oakland's future with its legendary past. Xavier is a wounded veteran of the city once claimed by Black Panthers and hustlers. He is a vital voice in what the NewYork Times called "the hottest city in America."His albumThe Last Days of Oaklandis about the fallout and rebirth that comes in the wake of a seismic shift. It is intensely relevant —the way his city has always been.