Kim: How is Fantastic Negrito's new album addressing the current social climate in Oakland?
Tomas: In our first album, we talked about the ways in which Oakland is changing - and how that's kind of a microcosm of what's going on all across the US in urban areas. Those areas are getting flooded with people who are changing the landscape. And Fantastic Negrito still wants to talk about that - but I think there are other angles and perspectives that we want to explore.
Tomas: But you can't live in Oakland and not be experiencing it. I just moved to Richmond from living here because I couldn't afford the rent in Oakland anymore. I grew up in Chile but I moved to the Bay Area 16 years ago. I'm happy in Richmond. But I think a lot of people are having to leave Oakland in an involuntary way. And they're having to make that move to make room for people who are coming here without knowing the culture. I don't have bad feelings towards those people. But they don't know what they're coming into. They don't know that they're changing something that didn't necessarily need to be changed. If you look at Oakland now, it's so different from years ago. And it's become flooded with people who don't know what it used to look like.
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