Xavier Dphrepaulezz was a major-label R&B musician in the 1990s who worked for nearly 17 years across a myriad of genres in Los Angeles, he left music, seemingly for good, in 2007. But in 2014, he re-emerged as Fantastic Negrito, playing “black roots music for everyone,” and his new foray into the indie world has granted Dphrepaulezz a meteoric rise to prominence. In February of 2015, his one-take performance in a freight elevator in Oakland won NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Contest, beating out nearly 7,000 entries.
Dphrepaulezz played his song called "Working Poor" at various events around the primaries in New Hampshire and Nevada for the Bernie Sanders campaign. He also performed on Fox's Empire. You can hear his song "An Honest Man" as the theme song for Ron Perlman's Amazon series Hand of God.