This Day in Hip Hop and Rap History
Host: Chuck D w/ Duke Eatmon & Ron Maskell
July 14th, 2012
July 14th – Taboo, of The Black Eyed Peas, was born Jaime Luis Gomez in Boyle Heights, California, on this day in 1975.
Taboo and apl.de.ap formed A.T.B.A.N Klann in the early 1990’s and by 1995 with the addition of will.I.am, became The Black Eyed Peas.
Taboo recorded two critically acclaimed albums with The Peas; 1998’s “Behind The Front” and 2000’s “Bridging The Gap” on Interscope Records.
In 2003, with the addition of vocalist Stacy Ferguson, The Peas enjoyed a commercial success of epic proportions with the album “Elephunk.”
That commercial success has lasted until the present with three more albums; “Monkey Business”, “The E.N.D.” and “The Beginning.”
Taboo, independently of the group, has composed and performed music for several films such as “Barbershop 2”, “Coach Carter”, “Legally Blonde” and “Harold And Kumar Go To White Castle.”
Taboo has also collaborated with Ryan Key of Yellowcard, Meringue star Juan Luis Guerra and Columbian Heavy Metal artist Juanes, with whom he performed the hit “La Paga” at the 2010 South Africa World Cup opening concert.
Taboo has also collaborated with George Pajan Jr. and Andy Vargas on the Barack Obama dedicated single “Yes We Can (Si Se Puede).”
Taboo has also appeared in the films “Dirty”, “Cosmic Radio”, “Be Cool”, “Instant Def” and “Street Fighter – The Legend Of Chun Li.”
Taboo published his autobiography “Fallin’ Up – My Story” in 2011.