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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    Los Angeles duo THEY. bring grunge-R&B to Social Hall SF in March

Los Angeles duo THEY. bring grunge-R&B to Social Hall SF in March

Drew Love (who refers to himself as the Trap Bobby Brown) and Dante Jones, the bad boy heartthrobs of R&B duo THEY., are the types of dudes our fathers [...]

By |January 19, 2018|0 Comments
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    Chance the Rapper’s baby bro Taylor Bennett returns to San Francisco

Chance the Rapper’s baby bro Taylor Bennett returns to San Francisco

Don't mistake Taylor Bennett's baby face and sincere sensibilities for that of his older brother (a Chicago rapper named Chance). The 21-year-old's rapport skyrocketed after releasing Restoration of an [...]

By |January 17, 2018|0 Comments

R&B’s multi-faceted voice R.LUM.R stops by Independent

Before he was R.LUM.R, Reggie Williams was an aspiring classical guitarist — "The next Julian Bream or John Williams," he said in a Rolling Stone interview. There's absolutely nothing [...]

By |January 15, 2018|0 Comments
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    OMB Peezy and Yhung TO (from SOB x RBE) are too cold on “Talk My Shit”

OMB Peezy and Yhung TO (from SOB x RBE) are too cold on “Talk My Shit”

What starts as a few pensive chords turns into a funk rather quickly from Sacramento (by way of Bay Area) rapper OMB Peezy's latest video, "Talk My Shit." [...]

By |January 15, 2018|0 Comments

For 2018, JULiA LEWiS aims to live up to his potential

“Dog dad over everything.”

Benjamin Falik’s Instagram is a sort of window of what ‘everything’ entails. Better known as producer JULiA LEWiS, Falik shares clips of him in the studio [...]

By |December 12, 2017|Comments Off on For 2018, JULiA LEWiS aims to live up to his potential
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    Oakland’s Ricky Lake debuts “Wino,” first single off Text Me Records

Oakland’s Ricky Lake debuts “Wino,” first single off Text Me Records

For a little while, Ricky Lake had a fear about working with a music label. Up until this year, the Los Angeles-born, Nashville-bred, Oakland-residing artist was making music solely [...]

By |December 8, 2017|Comments Off on Oakland’s Ricky Lake debuts “Wino,” first single off Text Me Records
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    Rexx Life Raj wraps 2017 with second album debut, “Father Figure 2: Flourish”

Rexx Life Raj wraps 2017 with second album debut, “Father Figure 2: Flourish”

Faraji Wright is living his best Rexx Life on his new record, "Father Figure 2: Flourish". Better known as Rexx Life Raj, the Berkeley rapper has spent 2017 doing [...]

By |November 17, 2017|Comments Off on Rexx Life Raj wraps 2017 with second album debut, “Father Figure 2: Flourish”
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    Review + Photos: Rolling Loud 2017 with Travis Scott, Lil Wayne, ScHoolBoy Q

Review + Photos: Rolling Loud 2017 with Travis Scott, Lil Wayne, ScHoolBoy Q

Lil Wayne (photo: Regidor Biala)

Rap festival Rolling Loud 2017 brought the ruckus to Mountain View's Shoreline Amphitheater over the weekend, featuring some of the genre's biggest names (Travis Scott, [...]

By |October 26, 2017|Comments Off on Review + Photos: Rolling Loud 2017 with Travis Scott, Lil Wayne, ScHoolBoy Q
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    Kelela’s ‘Take Me Apart’ tour will set the mood at the Independent

Kelela’s ‘Take Me Apart’ tour will set the mood at the Independent

Kelela is everything and nothing all at once. The DC-born, LA-based R&B singer has acted as a sublime ghost of sorts in the alt-R&B movement. Her projects Cut 4 [...]

By |October 19, 2017|Comments Off on Kelela’s ‘Take Me Apart’ tour will set the mood at the Independent
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    Fête Records Day Party shines a light on roster gems Reva DeVito, Mac Ayres and psalm

Fête Records Day Party shines a light on roster gems Reva DeVito, Mac Ayres and psalm

The word fête is defined as a celebration or festival, so it's somewhat fitting at the Washington, D.C.-based label Fête Records is celebrating the latest gems in their roster [...]

By |October 18, 2017|Comments Off on Fête Records Day Party shines a light on roster gems Reva DeVito, Mac Ayres and psalm
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    Greek Theatre hosts triple-threat bill: Solange, Flying Lotus, Earl Sweatshirt

Greek Theatre hosts triple-threat bill: Solange, Flying Lotus, Earl Sweatshirt

It goes without saying: Solange headlining a major venue doesn't need too much hyping up. Adding Flying Lotus and Earl Sweatshirt does send it over the top, however, turning [...]

By |October 17, 2017|Comments Off on Greek Theatre hosts triple-threat bill: Solange, Flying Lotus, Earl Sweatshirt
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    Lord Morgan celebrate new album ‘Vibration is Player’ at Cafe du Nord

Lord Morgan celebrate new album ‘Vibration is Player’ at Cafe du Nord

San Francisco label Text Me Records has done a good job thus far of pushing a vast selection of new artists through its New Phone, Who Dis? monthly showcase. [...]

By |October 11, 2017|Comments Off on Lord Morgan celebrate new album ‘Vibration is Player’ at Cafe du Nord
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