Taboo (rapper)

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Taboo in 2011
Background information
Birth name Jaime Luis Gomez
Also known as Taboo Nawasha
Taboo the rapper
Jim Luis Angryfoot[1]
Born (1975-07-14) July 14, 1975 (age 40)
Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Origin Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres Hip hop, electro, alternative hip hop
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, rapper, actor
Instruments Vocals, guitar, electronic keyboard
Years active 1995–present
Labels Nawasha Networks
Associated acts The Black Eyed Peas,, Fergie,, Kim Hill, Faith Evans, Fudge Dog, Juanes, Paulina Rubio

Jaime Luis Gomez (born July 14, 1975), better known by his stage name Taboo,[2] is an American rapper, singer, and actor, and best known as a member of the group The Black Eyed Peas.

Personal life[edit]

Jaime Luis Gomez was born in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, California.[3] Taboo is Mexican-American from both parents, as well as Shoshone Indian from his mother's side.[3][4][5] He attended Rosemead High School (class of 1993), and was educated at Richard Garvey Intermediate School. Two days before his 33rd birthday, Taboo married Jaymie Dizon in Pasadena, California on July 12, 2008. and served as groomsmen. The couple had their first child, Jimmy Jalen Gomez on July 19, 2009 and their second, Journey, on April 19, 2011. He has another son from a previous relationship, Joshua,[6] who was born October 13, 1993.[7][8] His autobiography, "Fallin' Up: My Story", co-authored with Steve Dennis, was released in February 2011.

1995–present: The Black Eyed Peas[edit]

The Black Eyed Peas date back to 1988, when eighth-graders William Adams ( and Allan Pineda ( met and began rapping and performing together around Los Angeles. The pair signed to Ruthless Records (run by Eazy-E) in 1992, catching the attention of Eazy-E manager, Jerry Heller's, nephew. Along with another friend of theirs, Dante Santiago, they called their trio Atban Klann (ATBAN: A Tribe Beyond a Nation).[9] Will 1X (aka, Mookie Mook, DJ Motiv8 (aka Monroe Walker) and Dante Santiago formed Atban Klann. Their debut album, Grass Roots, was never released because Ruthless founder Eazy-E had died.

The Black Eyed Peas signing autographs before a concert at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania in 2004.

After Eazy-E died in 1995, Atban Klann reformed and changed their name to Black Eyed Pods, and then Black Eyed Peas. Dante Santiago was replaced with Jaime Gomez (Taboo), and Kim Hill became a steady background singer. Unlike many hip-hop acts, they chose to perform with a live band and adopted a musical and clothing style that differed wildly from the "Gangsta Rap" sounds of Los Angeles-based hip-hop acts at the time. Taboo is known primarily for his guttural spoken reprises of the last few words of a sung lyric, as well as emphatic flourishes between vocal parts, such as "Yeah," "Uh-Huh," and "Hey Hey Hey Hey,". After being signed to Interscope Records and releasing their debut, Behind the Front (1998) the group (and their accompanying live band) earned critical acclaim. One of the singles from the album was "Joints & Jam", and was featured on the Bulworth soundtrack. Their second album was Bridging the Gap (2000), which had the single "Request + Line" featuring Macy Gray.

In 2003 Fergie became the fourth member of the group and the group gained international fame being the today 6 time Grammy Awarded hip hop group with an estimated of 60 million records sold worldwide. They released their third album "Elephunk", with the hit singles "Where Is the Love?" and "Shut Up".Their next album Monkey Business, was a worldwide success, certified 4× Platinum in the U.S., and spawning the singles, "My Humps" and "Don't Phunk with My Heart".

In 2009, the group became one of only 12 artists to have simultaneously held the No. 1 and No. 2 spots on the Billboard Hot 100, with their singles "Boom Boom Pow" and "I Gotta Feeling", with the next single "Meet Me Halfway" achieving similar success, from the album The E.N.D.. These three singles topped the chart for an unprecedented 30 consecutive weeks in 2009. The album later produced a third Hot 100 number-one placement with "Imma Be", making the group one of few to ever place three number one singles on the chart from the same album before being followed with "Rock That Body" which managed to peak in the Top 10 of Hot 100. "I Gotta Feeling" became the first single to sell more than 1 million downloads in the United Kingdom.[10]

The Black Eyed Peas in 2011

The Black Eyed Peas were ranked 12th on the Billboard's Decade-End Chart Artist of the Decade, and 7th in the Hot 100 Artists of the Decade. In November 2010, they released the album The Beginning. The first single of the album was "The Time (Dirty Bit)" and topped the charts in many countries. In February 2011, the group performed at the Super Bowl XLV halftime show. The album's second single was "Just Can't Get Enough" and was released in February 2011. The music video was filmed in Japan one week before the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. The third single "Don't Stop the Party" was released in May 2011. In July 2011 the group announced that they are taking a break and have denied actually breaking up.

Music career[edit]

Solo work (2008–present)[edit]

In 2008, Taboo was in the process of creating a solo album,[11] but in a 2011 interview Taboo said it would be some time before he would begin a solo album.[12] Taboo has said that he hopes to collaborate with artists such as Frankie J, E-40, Pitbull, Transit Venus and Kumbia Kings. Shakira, Blu Cantrell, and Juanes have been rumored to be featured artists on his solo effort. Sie7e was also confirmed to have composed at least three of the Album's songs. "Revolution Ni Hao" can be heard on his official website.[13]

Music he has co-written and performed has been featured on many movie soundtracks, including Coach Carter, Legally Blonde, Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, and Barbershop 2.

In May 2014, Taboo released his solo single, "Zumbao," which is "all about having fun[...]being infected by positive energy."[14] The music video for the song features a handful of YouTube talent including DeStorm Power, STRSkillSchool, freestyle footballer Séan Garnier, Mandy Jiroux, and Megan Batoon.[15]

Other collaborations[edit]

Taboo performing with The Black Eyed Peas at Outside Lands 2009

Taboo collaborated in the past with Ryan Key of Yellowcard on the song "Gotta Get It Now". He also collaborated with race rapper David Rolas for the song "Morena", and rapper Fudge Dog on the song "Get It". In late 2007, Taboo also collaborated with merengue star Juan Luis Guerra on a remix of his hit song "La Llave de Mi Corazón". In addition, he created a remix to the song "La Paga" by Juanes.Taboo worked with George Pajon Jr. and Andy Vargas to perform the Obama song "Yes We Can" (Si Se Puede).[16] He performed together with Juanes, in the kick-off concert of South Africa Worldcup 2010, singing La Paga. He is on Paulina Rubio's Brava album adding vocals for the song "Hoy Me Toca A Mi", which he also co-wrote.


Taboo's first acting role was in the film Dirty with Wyclef Jean, playing the part of Ramírez. He then appeared in the 2007 independent film Cosmic Radio, which also stars Michael Madsen, Wes Studi, Irene Bedard, Daryl Hannah, Ricardo Chavira, and other well-known actors. He played the character Vega in the 2009 film Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li.[17] Taboo has also appeared as a judge on the reality show MTV's Top Pop Group



Solo Releases
Title Year Album
"Zumbao" 2014 TBA


Taboo performing at The Black Eyed Peas concert at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania in 2004.
Year Production Role Notes
2005 Be Cool [himself] With The Black Eyed Peas
Dirty Ramirez
2006 Instant Def Zap
2007 Cosmic Radio Marcus
2009 Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li Vega
Queen of the South ?
2012 What to Expect When You're Expecting Cameo As Judge
2013 This Is So Great!! Himself
2014 Toy Hunter Himself
2014 Jamesy Boy Guilliermo


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  2. ^ "The Bakersfield You've Always Wanted!". Retrieved 2010-11-11. 
  3. ^ a b Taboo; Steve Dennis (February 8, 2011). Fallin' Up: My Story. Touchstone. pp. 1, 3–4. ISBN 1-4391-9206-5. 
  4. ^ Cristina Verán (2004-04-13). "Rap, Rage, REDvolution - Page 1 - News - New York". Village Voice. Retrieved 2010-11-11. 
  5. ^ "Black Eyed Peas hold benefit concert". USA Today. October 1, 2007. Retrieved May 24, 2010. 
  6. ^ Missing my oldest son Joshua Gomez right now he is next in line to shake up the Dj world Dj J-1der B home soon son
  7. ^ Black Eyed Peas' Taboo and Wife Expecting First Child US Magazine, February 7, 2009
  8. ^ taboo. "[Dipdive] taboo " Blog " BABY JALEN FINALLY IS HERE". Retrieved 2010-11-11. 
  9. ^ Kellman, Andy. "The Black Eyed Peas". Allmusic. Retrieved January 4, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Black Eyed Peas set downloads record". BBC News. June 21, 2010. 
  11. ^ Marriage Not a Taboo For Black Eyed Peas Rapper E! In the year 2010 Taboo remarried fashionista Vanessa Luera, a year later both Vanessa and Taboo had a baby boy name jayden he was born in october 12 2011 they live a very happy life with no regrets with taboos past history. Taboo says " I live a very happy life with my wife Vanessa Luera and all my children i have three in total all three from different relationships.Online, July 13, 2009
  12. ^ "Exclusive: Taboo Talks Future Solo Project, Sound Of Next Black Eyed Peas Album". 12 March 2011. Retrieved 11 May 2011. 
  13. ^ "Tabmagnificent". Tabmagnificent. Retrieved 2010-11-11. 
  14. ^ Latina - The Black Eyed Peas' Taboo Talks 'Zumbao'
  15. ^ Taboo - Zumbao (Official Video)
  16. ^ “” (2008-11-03). "Obama Song - Yes We Can/Si Se Puede (Live)". YouTube. Retrieved 2010-11-11. 
  17. ^ "Taboo Talks Street Fighter". IGN. Retrieved 2010-02-02. 

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