The multi-talented and exceptionally stylish Jimmy Gomez, also known to his band mates and fans as “Taboo” is not just a member of the global chart topping sensation, The Black Eyed Peas, but also an accomplished dancer, actor, author, and philanthropist. Born in East Los Angeles, Taboo followed his dream of being an entertainer and rose from humble beginnings to unimaginable success.
The fates aligned in 1995 when Taboo was introduced to his fellow band mates will.i.am and apl.de.ap at a break dancing club in LA. The trio formed a friendship that would later evolve into a group that called themselves “The Black Eyed Peas”, as they felt their music was “food for the soul”.
In 2003, vocalist Fergie joined the group and they released the breakout album Elephunk launching The Black Eyed Peas into superstardom. Monkey Business, their fourth album followed with more global hits such as “Don’t Phunk With My Heart” and “My Humps”. With their fifth album debuting at the top of the charts, The E.N.D. has broken several Billboard records, with singles like “Boom Boom Pow” and “I gotta feelin” staying at #1 for over 27 weeks. In November 2010, they released their sixth album The Beginning. In February 2011, the group had the honor of performing at the Superbowl XLV halftime show, solidifying them as one of the biggest acts in music history. Taboo also has the distinction of being the first Mexican/Native American to headline the Superbowl halftime show.
Having sold over a staggering 55 million albums worldwide, the Grammy-award winners have brought their enigmatic fusion of pop, hip – hop and dance music to a huge global audience. Taboo is now a driving force behind BEP’s return to the spotlight in 2017.
Taboo published his autobiography, Fallin’ Up: My Story in 2011. The book shares the inspiring story of his rise from the mean streets of East L.A. to the heights of international fame.
In 2014, Taboo was diagnosed with Stage 2 testicular cancer. He underwent 12 weeks of aggressive chemotherapy and today is cancer free. During his treatment, he wrote the song, “The Fight,” which was released in partnership with the American Cancer Society.
Taboo is a passionate supporter of Native America rights and environmental protection. He made headlines in late 2016 for his opposition of the Dakota Access Pipeline.