Fantastic Negrito & Tank And The Bangas’ Tank Ball Share Collaborative Single ‘I’m So Happy I Cry’

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Fantastic Negrito and Tank and the BangasTank Ball shared their collaborative single, “I’m So Happy I Cry.” The track is set to land on Fantastic Negrito’s forthcoming album, Have You Lost Your Mind Yet?, arriving August 14 via Cooking Vinyl/Blackball Universe.

“I’m So Happy I Cry” makes history as the first time two winners of NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Contest have teamed up together. Tarriona “Tank” Ball spoke about the collab in a statement:

“I’m So Happy I Cry” to me is about being so overjoyed when change finally comes from living a life of constant fear and survival. It’s the truest testament in believing not only is change gonna come, but it is here.

Fantastic Negrito always told me that we would make history together. I believed him. Fantastic Negrito from a distance is plain ole weird. But when I met him, I found that he was brilliant in his own way. He believes in unity, self determination, music, community, family and he makes you feel comfortable to be yourself and create timeless music.

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Fantastic Negrito — the nom de plume of Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Xavier Dphrepaulezz — also spoke about the song:

I was really inspired to write “I’m So Happy I Cry” the day after reading of Juice WRLD’s death. There are so many young artists suffering from what I perceive as mental illness. Imagine having everything you want in the world and still feeling the need to medicate until it kills you. There is something very sick — and tragic — about that.

I mention them because this current movie that’s on repeat, I’ve seen it before, I’ve been in it, and I want to speak out. I want to warn them that they are surrounded by people and companies who profit from the destruction of their mind, bodies, souls and ultimately their community. I’m a middle-aged guy. I have small children, so I try to be very careful about what I’m putting out into the universe. If I feel like I have some experience or wisdom on an issue, I try to make a contribution.

Working with Tank was such a joy. She is a powerful, dynamic artist, and we made a little bit of history together. It was the first time that two Tiny Desk winners collaborated on a song. I think it really gives validation to how important Bob Boilen and the NPR Tiny Desk Contest are. None of this would have happened without them.

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“I’m So Happy I Cry” arrived with an accompanying music video. Watch it below:

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