You got to pump the water out of the ground to wash your clothes and your hands. from 2003's Elephunk, features a chorus sung completely in Tagalog and speaks of his experience as a Filipino American. Also "Bebot" is an all-Tagalog song on Monkey Business. Taboo's step-father was born in Morelia, the capital of the state Michoacán, Mexico, whilst his mother, although born in Los Angeles, derives from North or South Dakota.
However, he has stayed very loyal to both his biological family and to the Philippines, identifying himself as a Filipino American.
He explains his life story in a song called As a member of the popular rap group Black Eyed Peas,
Ap has overcome tremendous odds by achieving success despite his humble beginnings. Am) formed a break dancing crew called , which would later evolve into Black Eyed Peas when the duo added mike skills and rapper Jaime "Taboo" Gomez to the mix.
In an interview on VH1, he recalls In the Philippines, you've got to dig up the ground to do a number two, and then you've got to cover it up. Ap left Pampanga at age 14 to join his adoptive family in Southern California. Their first album, Behind the Front was released in 1998 to critical acclaim, and was followed by Bridging the Gap in 2000 featuring a guest appearance by Macy Gray as well as members of Jurassic 5 and De La Soul. Taboo's Native American roots are that of the Shoshone tribe.
Through the mid-'90s, they performed in the local club circuit alongside fellow acts such as Ozomatli and Jurassic 5.