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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    Talking heritage and honesty with Lyrics Born and Ruby Ibarra

Talking heritage and honesty with Lyrics Born and Ruby Ibarra

Celebrating heritage is the combatant of such turbulent times — when the authorities are called on an ordinary, everyday barbecue, the community comes together. The world today, in this [...]

By |May 16, 2018|Comments Off on Talking heritage and honesty with Lyrics Born and Ruby Ibarra
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    Bay Area newcomer Odie comes of age with debut album, ‘Analogue’

Bay Area newcomer Odie comes of age with debut album, ‘Analogue’

2018 is Odie's time. The multitalented Toronto-by-way-of-Tracy artist has been cooking his debut "Analogue" for the past three years and it's finally simmered long enough for its big reveal. [...]

By |April 9, 2018|Comments Off on Bay Area newcomer Odie comes of age with debut album, ‘Analogue’

New Sound, New Me: A quick Q&A with Berel

Singer-songwriter Berel has been doing this music thing for a while. But recently, he dropped the second half of his name (formerly going by Berel Alexander), got a haircut, [...]

By |April 6, 2018|Comments Off on New Sound, New Me: A quick Q&A with Berel

Lord Morgan dials in with a fresh number, “New Phone”

The grind never stops for Lord Morgan. Recently featured on Text Me Records' February "Bang My Line" mixtape, the rapper-and-producer combo of Lord Morgan and EyyELL drop a fresh [...]

By |April 6, 2018|Comments Off on Lord Morgan dials in with a fresh number, “New Phone”
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    Duckwrth affiliate BayBoogy spends it all on new single, “LOTTO”

Duckwrth affiliate BayBoogy spends it all on new single, “LOTTO”

Fans of Duckwrth, 1-O.A.K., IAMSU!, andRayana Jay already know BayBoogy. The 24-year-old San Francisco native has acted as the backing guitarist for several local hip-hop and R&B acts, but [...]

By |April 6, 2018|Comments Off on Duckwrth affiliate BayBoogy spends it all on new single, “LOTTO”
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    Dive into rare Icelandic grooves on DJ Platurn’s “Breaking the Ice”

Dive into rare Icelandic grooves on DJ Platurn’s “Breaking the Ice”

As a DJ for more than 20 years, Oakland's Platurn has a way of transporting his audiences to multiple corners of the globe and various eras through his deep [...]

By |March 23, 2018|Comments Off on Dive into rare Icelandic grooves on DJ Platurn’s “Breaking the Ice”

Common Souls’ electronic R&B thrives in the disconnect

Liminal space, defined as the threshold or in-between stages between rituals by Arnold van Gennep, is a state of limbo. It’s the wiping away of outside influence leading up [...]

By |March 1, 2018|Comments Off on Common Souls’ electronic R&B thrives in the disconnect
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    Yaeji, Sigrid, Jamiroquai visit the Bay Area for “Local-chella”

Yaeji, Sigrid, Jamiroquai visit the Bay Area for “Local-chella”

Coachella is treated as the official kick-off to festival season, a back-to-back two-weekend event setting the tone with bigger lineups and surprises every year. Legacy bands and acts have [...]

By |February 21, 2018|Comments Off on Yaeji, Sigrid, Jamiroquai visit the Bay Area for “Local-chella”
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    Check your ego at the door with TiRon & Ayomari at Brick & Mortar

Check your ego at the door with TiRon & Ayomari at Brick & Mortar

TiRon & Ayomari have impeccable timing. Their first breakthrough record, 2011's A Sucker for Pumps arrived at the brink of internet rap; The Wonderful Prelude and The Great New [...]

By |February 19, 2018|Comments Off on Check your ego at the door with TiRon & Ayomari at Brick & Mortar
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    Text Me Records’ Valentine’s Day mixtape ‘Bang My Line’ is all the feels

Text Me Records’ Valentine’s Day mixtape ‘Bang My Line’ is all the feels

A smattering of singles, monthly showcases and the continuous scooping of local talent for their collection, Text Me Records has been the imprint to watch for 2018. True to [...]

By |February 13, 2018|Comments Off on Text Me Records’ Valentine’s Day mixtape ‘Bang My Line’ is all the feels
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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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