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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    Producer Mikos Da Gawd lends vocal chops to his latest, “Start Something New”

Producer Mikos Da Gawd lends vocal chops to his latest, “Start Something New”

Mikos Da Gawd never stays quiet for too long — when he's not the go-to producer for Rayana Jay, Elujay, and Caleborate, he's releasing packages of loosies, or as [...]

By |February 9, 2018|Comments Off on Producer Mikos Da Gawd lends vocal chops to his latest, “Start Something New”
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    Road Trip: Sacramento’s Sol Blume Festival brings modern R&B to Cali capital

Road Trip: Sacramento’s Sol Blume Festival brings modern R&B to Cali capital

Downtown Sacramento hosts a dreamy lineup of artists for the first ever Sol Blume festival. The bill is a snapshot of modern R&B at its best, a conglomerate of [...]

By |February 5, 2018|Comments Off on Road Trip: Sacramento’s Sol Blume Festival brings modern R&B to Cali capital
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    Rappers J.I.D. and EarthGang bring another side of ATL to the Bay

Rappers J.I.D. and EarthGang bring another side of ATL to the Bay

Atlanta hip-hop (and all their imitators) have dominated the airwaves for the better part of the 2010s for an overcrowded market clamoring for the next big hit. But on [...]

By |January 30, 2018|Comments Off on Rappers J.I.D. and EarthGang bring another side of ATL to the Bay
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    Soulection’s Lakim, j.robb, Yogi boi will light Up the New Parish next month

Soulection’s Lakim, j.robb, Yogi boi will light Up the New Parish next month

Los Angeles-based beat label Soulection has taken the world by storm since its inception in the early 2010s by founder Joe Kay and Andre Power.

There's an argument to be [...]

By |January 29, 2018|Comments Off on Soulection’s Lakim, j.robb, Yogi boi will light Up the New Parish next month
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    Bay Area rap vet Rich Iyala returns with new sound in “DAMNWELL”

Bay Area rap vet Rich Iyala returns with new sound in “DAMNWELL”

San Francisco son Rich Iyala resurfaces to the mainstream music market with "DAMNWELL," the first single featuring Mars Today and Krikit Boi, off his upcoming album Camp Mendocino. For [...]

By |January 26, 2018|Comments Off on Bay Area rap vet Rich Iyala returns with new sound in “DAMNWELL”
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    Oakland’s Same Girls call upon the dog days of summer in “Sailing”

Oakland’s Same Girls call upon the dog days of summer in “Sailing”

Ah, youthful days of summer. For some of us that felt like eons ago, but Oakland band Same Girls' latest single "Sailing" recalls a sunny bliss, lifting the rainy [...]

By |January 22, 2018|Comments Off on Oakland’s Same Girls call upon the dog days of summer in “Sailing”
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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|1 Comment
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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|Comments Off on Chance the Rapper’s baby bro Taylor Bennett returns to San Francisco

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|Comments Off on R&B’s multi-faceted voice R.LUM.R stops by Independent
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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|Comments Off on OMB Peezy and Yhung TO (from SOB x RBE) are too cold on “Talk My Shit”

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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