Patt Morrison for February 11, 2011

The Black Eyed Peas’ Taboo falls up

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Taboo (far right) performs with his band the Black Eyed Peas at the Super Bowl XLV halftime show on February 6, 2011.

Jaime Gomez aka “Taboo,” one of the founding members of the hip-hop band the Black Eyed Peas, describes his path from East L.A. to on top of the world in his book Fallin’ Up. His father was absent during his childhood, his mother and grandmother raised him, and at the age of 17 he became a father himself. Taboo's pursuit of music, encouraged by his grandmother, turned his life around. After more than a decade of churning out ear-candy, racking up top-10 hits and a few number-one songs, as well as performing on the most high-profile stages like at Super Bowl XLV, Taboo has proved that his motto of “keep it on the positive” pays off in more ways than one. He married in 2008, and he is now expecting his third child, which is his second child with his new wife. In addition, this year he celebrated four years of sobriety, kicking his addictions to both drugs and alcohol to the curb.


Taboo, American rapper and actor best known as a member of the hip-hop group The Black Eyed Peas; author of Fallin’ Up: My Story.

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