Eric "Bobo" Correa
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|Eric "Bobo" Correa|
|Birth name||Eric Correa|
|Born||August 27, 1968|
|Origin||Queens, New York, U.S.|
|Website||Eric Bobo Official website|
Eric "Bobo" Correa (born August 27, 1968) is a percussionist and a member of the bands Beastie Boys, then Cypress Hill and Ritmo Machine. He performed and recorded with the Beastie Boys through the 1990s.
Biography and career
Eric "Bobo" Correa is the son of Latin jazz musician Willie Bobo. He began drumming at the age of four, and made his first public appearance at the age of five, performing on stage with his father.
When he was 15, his father died and he took over his Latin jazz band for a full year while still in high school. He attended C.S.U.L.A. for three years (1985-1988) and worked in the jazz studies of the music department and recorded on three critically acclaimed jazz LPs: We're Back, Diversions, and Monstrosity!. With a recommendation from a friend, he got an audition with the Beastie Boys and was accepted to join them on their national "Check Your Head" tour.
Correa ended up recording with the Beastie Boys for the albums Ill Communication and Hello Nasty. While on tour with the Beasties, Correa encountered Cypress Hill and joined the group as their percussionist for their world tours, splitting time between both groups.
As the Beastie Boys began taking major touring breaks, Correa became an official full-time member of Cypress Hill and has toured and recorded with the group ever since. In August 2005, Correa recorded his debut album, Meeting of the Minds, in a studio in Tucson, Arizona. It was released by Nacional Records on November 18, 2008. The album features appearances by B-Real and Tony Touch. In 2012, Correa teamed up with Latin Bitman to form the group Ritmo Machine, which released the album "Welcome To The Ritmo Machine" by Nacional Records. The album features appearances by Mixmaster Mike, Sen Dog, Ana Tijoux, and others.
- Valdes-Rodriguez, Alisa (2000) "Taking Control and Being Real With the Men of Cypress Hill", Los Angeles Times, April 25, 2000, p. 2 (Ent.)
- Langlands, Johnny (2010) "Cypress Hill: Bobo in the Corner", The Skinny, March 30, 2010; retrieved 2011-07-23
- "LIMP BIZKET, CYPRESS HILL AX LOCAL SHOW", Rocky Mountain News, July 28, 2000.