Nina Raquel is an up-and-coming Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter from a small town in Rochester, New York. Not too long ago, she released an entertaining music video for her “Train” single, produced by Cito On The Beat (Cardi B, Dave East, YG, Ty Dolla $ign).

Nina Raquel – “Train” music video

“Everybody everywhere has some type of commute to and from work or school. Mine just so happens to be on the train. I’m always reflecting on that train. I think about all of the things I’m unhappy about, things that I regret, all of my insecurities. That’s what this song is about. It’s about living in your head.” – Nina Raquel

‘Train’ tells a heartfelt tale of a vacant-hearted young woman who starves for companionship because she wants to make her loneliness fade away. Apparently, she doesn’t have a date to chase, goes to work high, and shies away from making eye contact with strangers. Later, she admits that she’s insecure, wants to make love, and can’t sleep with the choices she’s making.

Nina Raquel

Nina Raquel press photo

“I had friends but I always felt lonely and misunderstood as the token Latino in my school and neighborhood. I had to suppress any anger or sadness I felt so I wouldn’t be labeled the ‘angry brown girl’. I found clarity and freedom in middle school when I started writing music. I was allowed to express the extremes of my emotions in a way that singled me out in a positive way.” – Nina Raquel

Nina Raquel is a name you should remember and an exciting new artist coming out of the Brooklyn contemporary R&B scene. Her musical inspirations include Amy Winehouse and SZA. Also, her songwriting style was fashioned in a non-ethnically diverse town (where she was one of only a few Puerto-Ricans living there).

“Train” single

Nina Raquel - “Train” cover

‘Train’ contains a relatable storyline, pleasing vocals, and rich melodies. The emo-tune possesses melodic instrumentation flavored with contemporary R&B and urban-pop elements. Also, the song follows on the heels of Raquel’s debut single, entitled, “Slow It Down”.

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Zangba Thomson is an award-winning Liberian-American author, music insider, journalist, award-winning screenwriter, recording artist, and Editor-in-Chief at Bong Mines Entertainment. His creative works have been seen on or talked about in major media outlets such as FOX 5, NBC, Today, Fox & Friends, Kathy Lee & Hoda, ABC, Vibe Magazine, Centric TV, HOT 97, Essence Magazine, and much more. Thomson has also co-written non-fiction books such as "Do Right Do Good", a guidebook towards vision-fulfillment and entrepreneurship, endorsed by Russell Simmons and Dr. Dennis Kimbro; the award-winning relationship book, "Single Man, Married Man"; and his solo effort, "Take a Look… There’s Money All Around You!", which highlights the keys to becoming prosperous. Not too long ago, Thomson received a "Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition" from Congressman Charles B. Rangel for his literary achievements, commitment to strengthening our Nation, and making a difference through volunteering service in urban communities. Show your support by downloading Thomson's award-winning book series, entitled, THREE BLACK BOYS, via Amazon.com.

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