Jaime Luis Gomez (born July 14, 1975), better known by his stage name Taboo, is an American rapper, actor, and singer best known as a member of the hip-hop group the Black Eyed Peas. Taboo is of Mexican-American and Native American (Shoshone) descent. He was born in Boyle Heights, California and raised in Rosemead, California, attending Muscatel Middle School. He has two children. Two days before his 33rd birthday, Taboo married Jaymie Dizon in Pasadena, California on July 12, 2008. will.i.am and apl.de.ap served as groomsmen. The couple had their first child together on July 19, 2009. His name is Jimmy.
The Black Eyed Peas
He joined the Black Eyed Peas in 1995. Groupmates apl.de.ap and will.i.am were originally in a group called Alley Cats, but changed the name after changing record labels. In 2001, Stacy Ferguson joined and completed the band's current lineup. Taboo is known for his kung-fu-inspired dance moves (he is a practitioner of Jeet Kune Do and a black belt in Ninjitsu) and an eclectic style of dress. It is possible that his martial arts skills could have had a factor into him being cast as video game character Vega (whose character's fighting style somewhat match Taboo's) in the live-action movie Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li.
As of 2008, Taboo is in the process of creating a solo album, T.A.B.O.O. Taboo has said that he hopes to collaborate with artists such as Frankie J, E-40, Pitbull, and Kumbia Kings. Shakira, Blu Cantrell and Juanes have been rumoured to be featured artists on his solo effort. 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.
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 Hanna, Ricardo Chavira, and other well-known actors. He played the character Vega in the 2009 film Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li. Taboo has also appeared as a judge on the reality show MTV's Top Pop Group.