Taboo (Black Eyed Peas) Interview
Taboo is a multi-platinum Hip Hop recording artist, dancer, actor, and member of the Black Eyed Peas. Born in Los Angeles, CA, he was inspired by The Soulsonic Force to be a dancer, and later inspired by Kwamé to rap. Taboo met his long-time friends will.i.am and apl.de.ap at the monthly Hollywood party Ballistics that was spearheaded by actor David Faustino. They formed the Black Eyed Peas and later signed by Eazy-E to Ruthless Records in 1992. While the majority of Los Angeles Hip Hop groups in the 90s represented the gangsta rap image and sound, the Black Eyed Peas performed with a live band and incorporated a unique presentation, both musically and in fashion. The Peas signed to Interscope Records and released their 1998 debut album, Behind the Front, earning critical acclaim. The single “Joints & Jam” was featured on the Bulworth soundtrack. Their sophomore album, Bridging the Gap, released in 2000 with the single “Request + Line” that featured Macy Gray. Fergie joined the group in 2003, and the Black Eyed Peas eventually won six Grammy Awards from selling 60 million records globally. Their third album, Elephunk, had their most popular hits “Where Is the Love?” and “Shut Up”. In 2005, they released the Monkey Business album and went 4× platinum in the U.S. with the singles “My Humps” and “Don’t Phunk With My Heart”. Taboo has co-written and performed on movie soundtracks like Coach Carter, Barbershop 2, Legally Blonde, and Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle. In 2011, Taboo released an autobiography, Fallin’ Up: My Story, co-authored with Steve Dennis. In 2014, he released his solo single, “Zumbao”. He took up acting and appeared in the films Dirty, Cosmic Radio, and Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li.