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.
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    Julia Lewis, Rexx Life Raj are straight ridiculous on new single “Outta Pocket”

Julia Lewis, Rexx Life Raj are straight ridiculous on new single “Outta Pocket”

As a producer, Julia Lewis is known for his uber intricate, vibey productions oft employed by the local rap conglomerate searching for a more sophisticated sound. But add long-time [...]

By |November 16, 2018|Comments Off on Julia Lewis, Rexx Life Raj are straight ridiculous on new single “Outta Pocket”
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    Jay Stone, Queens D. Light, newcomers highlight SMART BOMB v.53

Jay Stone, Queens D. Light, newcomers highlight SMART BOMB v.53

With the shuttering of Los Angeles' legendary Low End Theory in August, it's comforting to know a like-minded spirit lives on and is recognized in the Bay Area through [...]

By |November 16, 2018|Comments Off on Jay Stone, Queens D. Light, newcomers highlight SMART BOMB v.53

Premiere: Jay Stone and his mind are ‘Calibrating…’

When "Flying Monkeys" first came across our desks, we were hooked on to Jay Stone's ruminations and the classically hip-hop sound anchored by producer Micah Aza's soul-sampling. The single [...]

By |October 31, 2018|Comments Off on Premiere: Jay Stone and his mind are ‘Calibrating…’

Bay Area Record Fest finds a new home in Oakland

If you're seeking a quick dose of the Bay Area's burgeoning music scene, look no further than the fourth edition of the Bay Area Record Fest, affectionately known as [...]

By |October 23, 2018|Comments Off on Bay Area Record Fest finds a new home in Oakland
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    Tia Nomore, MVCK, Bruh From Last Night release new drip, “Waterfalls” ahead of collab project

Tia Nomore, MVCK, Bruh From Last Night release new drip, “Waterfalls” ahead of collab project

Tia Nomore, MVCK, and Bruh From Last Night have been spending long days and nights in the lab cooking up bangers and we're finally hearing the fruits of their [...]

By |October 22, 2018|Comments Off on Tia Nomore, MVCK, Bruh From Last Night release new drip, “Waterfalls” ahead of collab project
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    Family Affair gallery puts Bay Area hip-hop history on display with ‘Freaks of the Industry’

Family Affair gallery puts Bay Area hip-hop history on display with ‘Freaks of the Industry’

Since its opening this past summer, San Francisco gallery Family Affair has decorated its walls with eclectic, and often rare, collections featuring the likes of Prince, Michael Jackson, and [...]

By |October 18, 2018|Comments Off on Family Affair gallery puts Bay Area hip-hop history on display with ‘Freaks of the Industry’
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    In a new location, Treasure Island picks up where it left off

In a new location, Treasure Island picks up where it left off

Tame Impala (photo: Priscilla Rodriguez)

After spending a year on the festival circuit sidelines, Treasure Island Music Festival returned this weekend with a revitalized spirit thanks to a brand-new location.

Migrating [...]

By |October 15, 2018|Comments Off on In a new location, Treasure Island picks up where it left off
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    DMP Music Festival reunites Lil B, The Pack, and more at SoMa Streat Park

DMP Music Festival reunites Lil B, The Pack, and more at SoMa Streat Park

The company that brought Too Short, Mistah FAB and Rexx Life Raj to SoMa Streat Park is back with a 2018 edition of DMP Festival on September 23. Ardent [...]

By |September 18, 2018|Comments Off on DMP Music Festival reunites Lil B, The Pack, and more at SoMa Streat Park
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    Gabriel Garzón-Montano and Kali Uchis bless the Warfield on Sept. 17 and 18

Gabriel Garzón-Montano and Kali Uchis bless the Warfield on Sept. 17 and 18

Modern R&B has drastically shapeshifted over the last few years, evolving into something more of a spectrum than a genre. But Kali Uchis and Gabriel Garzón-Montano are two of [...]

By |September 4, 2018|Comments Off on Gabriel Garzón-Montano and Kali Uchis bless the Warfield on Sept. 17 and 18

OMB Peezy pays tribute in his new video for “My Dawg”

Through the tales told on his Loyalty Over Love mixtape, OMB Peezy's rise and triumphs are nothing without his struggles. His latest video for one of the record's standout [...]

By |August 31, 2018|Comments Off on OMB Peezy pays tribute in his new video for “My Dawg”
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    Hyphy prince Nef the Pharaoh is “Boostin'” in his new video

Hyphy prince Nef the Pharaoh is “Boostin'” in his new video

There's no telling what tricks Nef the Pharaoh has up his sleeve when it comes to his rhyme schemes. But for the wavy and colorful video for his song, [...]

By |August 30, 2018|Comments Off on Hyphy prince Nef the Pharaoh is “Boostin'” in his new video
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    Janel Marisse turns breakup into breakthrough on “Closet of Lies”

Janel Marisse turns breakup into breakthrough on “Closet of Lies”

There's usually two ways to go about a breakup: Hit rock bottom or bounce back, and thankfully, Janel Marisse chose the latter. After the lead single from her Memoirs [...]

By |August 15, 2018|Comments Off on Janel Marisse turns breakup into breakthrough on “Closet of Lies”
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