The Last Days of Oakland

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The Last Days of Oakland
A drawing of Fantastic Negrito holding a guitar and sitting on a street sign at the corner of San Pablo and 32nd in Oakland
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 3, 2016 (2016-06-03)
GenreBlues rock
LabelBlackball Universe
ProducerFantastic Negrito
Fantastic Negrito chronology
Fantastic Negrito
The Last Days of Oakland
Please Don't Be Dead

The Last Days of Oakland is the second album by American singer-songwriter Fantastic Negrito. Rayanne Pinna described the album as "an urgent, political record that grapples with the many changes Oakland has seen in recent years."[1] In 2017, it won a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album.[2]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
The Times4/5 stars[4]
AllMusic4/5 stars[5]
The Guardian4/5 stars[6]
Noisey(3-star Honorable Mention)[7]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Fantastic Negrito, except "In the Pines" by Lead Belly.

1."The Last Days of Oakland (Intro)"0:35
2."Working Poor"4:00
3."About a Bird"3:39
4."Scary Woman"3:10
5."What Would You Do? (Interlude 1)"1:19
6."The Nigga Song"3:16
7."In the Pines"4:19
8."Hump Through the Winter"3:54
9."Lost in a Crowd"5:00
10."El Chileno (Interlude 2)"0:41
11."The Worst"3:51
12."Rant Rushmore"5:01
13."Nothing Without You"4:15
14."Push Back"3:53
15."The Shadows"3:34
Total length:50:27


  1. ^ Piana, Rayanne (2016-06-21). "Fantastic Negrito is Cautiously Optimistic in 'The Last Days of Oakland'". East Bay Express. Retrieved 2017-01-26.
  2. ^ Pereira, Alyssa (12 February 2017). "Fantastic Negrito wins first Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues album". San Francisco Chronicle.
  3. ^ "The Last Days of Oakland". Metacritic. Retrieved 2017-01-26.
  4. ^ Hodgkinson, Will (2016-06-17). "Fantastic Negrito: The Last Days Of Oakland". The Times. Retrieved 2017-01-26.
  5. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "The Last Days of Oakland". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-01-26.
  6. ^ Hann, Michael (2016-06-16). "Fantastic Negrito: The Last Days of Oakland review – a bluesy howl for modern America". The Guardian. Retrieved 2017-01-26.
  7. ^ Christgau, Robert (2017-01-13). "With 'RTJ3,' Run the Jewels Are Funnier, Hookier, Brainier, and More Political". Noisey. Vice. Retrieved 2017-01-26.