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.

Brownies + Lemonade take over the Bay at 1015 Folsom

San Francisco’s 1015 Folsom is the leading venue that hosts forward-thinking music across all genres. From hip-hop to electronic to grime and house, Bay Areans looking for the newest [...]

By |May 23, 2017|0 Comments

Digable Planets come to 1015 Folsom

In 1994, Brooklyn jazz hip-hop trio Digable Planets was up for Best Rap Performance at the Grammys. Their competition was tough: Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre’s “Nuthin’ But a [...]

By |May 22, 2017|0 Comments
  • Emily McLean shares "Simple" off upcoming "Shades" EP
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    Emily McLean shares new single “Simple” off upcoming ‘Shades’ EP

Emily McLean shares new single “Simple” off upcoming ‘Shades’ EP

Oakland-based singer-songwriter Emily McLean has slowly been stocking up on new music and finally shares a sliver of it with her newest single, “Simple,” produced by San Francisco’s Mars [...]

By |May 11, 2017|0 Comments
  • Smino, Monte Booker at Complex Oakland
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    St. Louis rapper Smino performs at Complex Oakland next weekend

St. Louis rapper Smino performs at Complex Oakland next weekend

St. Louis: A long-forgotten city on mainstream rap’s radar since the days of Nelly and St. Lunatics, but 25-year-old Smino aims to revive his city’s presence with his latest [...]

  • Tate Robertson releases debut album "Ride or Don't"
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    San Francisco rapper/producer Tate Robertson releases debut project ‘Ride or Don’t’

San Francisco rapper/producer Tate Robertson releases debut project ‘Ride or Don’t’

Most bodies of music — whether it's an album, LP, EP, compilation or merely just a project — tend to embody a chapter in its creator's lives; A snapshot [...]

  • Asonic Garcia "Astral Turn Down Service" Mix
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    Asonic Garcia releases lo-fi, ambient jazz tape on limited edition cassette

Asonic Garcia releases lo-fi, ambient jazz tape on limited edition cassette

On its Bandcamp page, Asonic Garcia describes his Astral Turn Down Service mix as “celestial sounds for your inner being; familiar yet unknown vibrations from distant dimensions, both old [...]

  • Nef the Pharaoh releases "The Chang Project"
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    Nef the Pharaoh releases “The Chang Project,” first of two records for 2017

Nef the Pharaoh releases “The Chang Project,” first of two records for 2017

Ever since his 2015 breakout track, “Big Tymin’,” Vallejo’s Nef the Pharaoh has remained on Bay Area rap’s radar. His rubber-and flow, colorful wordplay, and rhymes are magnified with [...]

Emily King returns to the Bay with acoustic set this week

On soul singer Emily King’s 2016 Bay Area tour stop, she brought along her superb five-piece band in tow; For her next visit, that number is stripped-down to one [...]

By |April 19, 2017|Comments Off on Emily King returns to the Bay with acoustic set this week
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    P-Lo announces ‘More Than Anything’ album, releases single “Always”

P-Lo announces ‘More Than Anything’ album, releases single “Always”

For the last few years, a bulk of Pinole rapper P-Lo’s portfolio rests on playing behind the boards for HBK Gang and the occasional out-of-towner (think YG, Yo Gotti). [...]

By |April 18, 2017|Comments Off on P-Lo announces ‘More Than Anything’ album, releases single “Always”