About Nina Tabios

If I'm rapping along, you've caught me on a good night. San Francisco-based writer covering hip-hop/R&B for The Bay Bridged, San Francisco Chronicle and Rehab Online Magazine.

Julia Lewis teams up with Elujay for “On the Regular”

Even though Julia Lewis has been permeating from Bay Area speakers for the better part of these last few years — think Rexx Life Raj’s “Handheld GPS” and a [...]

By |September 8, 2017|0 Comments
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    Rayana Jay, YMTK, Lil B among must-see acts at Hiero Day 2017

Rayana Jay, YMTK, Lil B among must-see acts at Hiero Day 2017

Hiero Day is once again upon us, and the holiday’s sixth annual celebration continues to bridge the gaps among the Bay Area’s avenues of hip-hop, art, and culture right [...]

By |August 30, 2017|0 Comments
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    Grieves shows off all sides of himself on new “Running Wild” record

Grieves shows off all sides of himself on new “Running Wild” record

The question I want to ask Grieves the most is the one he’s most tired of.

Let’s think for a second what the search keywords would be for the Rhymesayers [...]

By |August 25, 2017|0 Comments
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    CupcakKe, Tia NoMore, Green Ova cover all angles of rap at Eli’s this weekend

CupcakKe, Tia NoMore, Green Ova cover all angles of rap at Eli’s this weekend

Chicago and Oakland are in the building at Eli's Mile High Club this Friday, bringing into town rap's Queen of Slurpers, CupcakKe. The 20-year-old MC from Parkway Gardens (home [...]

By |August 24, 2017|0 Comments
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    SG Lewis delivers ever-evolving soundscapes to Social Hall SF

SG Lewis delivers ever-evolving soundscapes to Social Hall SF

Hailing from the United Kingdom, SG Lewis's rise to being one of the most sought-after producers starts with a club residency at Liverpool's infamous Chibuku Shake Shake Club. A [...]

By |August 18, 2017|Comments Off on SG Lewis delivers ever-evolving soundscapes to Social Hall SF
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    Lyrics Born, Cutso, dance crews headline UNDSCVRD Night Market

Lyrics Born, Cutso, dance crews headline UNDSCVRD Night Market

Let me lead this story with the fact that there are a lot of "firsts" to be had here: On Friday, August 18, San Francisco’s Old Mint Building on [...]

By |August 17, 2017|Comments Off on Lyrics Born, Cutso, dance crews headline UNDSCVRD Night Market

Tank and the Bangas make San Francisco debut at the Chapel

There are dozens of words to describe the shape-shifting sonics of Tank the Bangas, but if we have to whittle down the descriptors, here are our choices: Charming, charismatic, [...]

By |August 14, 2017|Comments Off on Tank and the Bangas make San Francisco debut at the Chapel

Outside Lands Night Show: Kali Uchis at Rickshaw Stop

Kali Uchis has the Midas touch for summer jams. Even with her earliest hits - 2014's "Know What I Want" and 2015's "Lottery" — the Colombian-born, Virginia-bred singer has [...]

By |August 1, 2017|Comments Off on Outside Lands Night Show: Kali Uchis at Rickshaw Stop
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    New Phone Who Dis? Showcase to feature Kyle Dion, Mars Today, Mikos Da Gawd, Social Work

New Phone Who Dis? Showcase to feature Kyle Dion, Mars Today, Mikos Da Gawd, Social Work

San Francisco's Text Me Records brings back its monthly roster showcase and this month's edition features a nicely mixed crop of up-and-coming and seasoned R&B acts.

At first glance, Kyle [...]

By |July 31, 2017|Comments Off on New Phone Who Dis? Showcase to feature Kyle Dion, Mars Today, Mikos Da Gawd, Social Work
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    Rexx Life Raj and Rayana Jay headline Anchor Steam-hosted showcase

Rexx Life Raj and Rayana Jay headline Anchor Steam-hosted showcase

If you haven't been paying attention to the new wave of hip-hop and R&B emerging from the Bay Area, Berkeley's Rexx Life Raj and Richmond's Rayana Jay wouldn't be [...]

By |July 28, 2017|Comments Off on Rexx Life Raj and Rayana Jay headline Anchor Steam-hosted showcase
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    Oakland rapper Just Rese debuts the first single from ‘HIPS’ EP

Oakland rapper Just Rese debuts the first single from ‘HIPS’ EP

Churches, temples, synagogues — houses of worship are revered as places of peace, of finding solace or comfort with a higher being. Dance floors, on the other hand, are [...]

By |July 28, 2017|2 Comments
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    Too $hort and Mistah FAB headline first-ever DMP Music Festival

Too $hort and Mistah FAB headline first-ever DMP Music Festival

Bay Area veterans team up with the up-and-coming rookies for the DMP Music Festival, an all-day affair of live music and dance performances along with DJs at SoMa Street [...]

By |July 25, 2017|Comments Off on Too $hort and Mistah FAB headline first-ever DMP Music Festival
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