Latina girl group “Sweet Taboo” is sprinkling their fresh signature sound around the music industry. The LA-based group consists of two singers Jen Torrejon and Sami Ramos, and one rapper ICP Bre who all share a common goal of empowering women and inspiring people to follow their dreams. The trendy trio offers a unique fusion of R&B, Hip Hop, and Latin vibes within their upbeat music catalog – as heard in their popular tracks “Used To It” and “Lil Bit.” As well as a newly released live rendition of TLC’s hit song, “No Scrubs,“ which recently premiered on the Grammy.com series “Reimagined At Home.”
Sweet Taboo has amassed millions of views on TikTok and has been reposted by top music acts such as DJ Khaled, Kehlani, Russ, and Bia. The group is currently in the studio creating new original music and working with top industry pros – including manager Polo Molina (Black Eyed Peas), music producers Manny Marroquin (Post Malone, Rihanna) and Richard Vission (Lady Gaga, Pitbull), and visual creator London Alley (Doja Cat, Ariana Grande). With a strong backing and an impressive music catalog, the best is yet to come for Sweet Taboo.
The Untitled Magazine had the opportunity to speak to Sweet Taboo about their new music releases, notable collaborations, and what they have coming up in the future.
Tell us about the inspiration behind your band name, “Sweet Taboo”?
We were in the studio brainstorming names, and we thought Sweet Taboo was the perfect representation of us. It has a double meaning! We have our “Sweet”, nice girl side…but we also have our “Taboo” bad bitch side.
You are all from Los Angeles – can you share a bit about your individual backgrounds and how you started working together?
Sami Ramos: I’m Sami, and I was born and raised in Whittier, California. I’m Mexican with deep family roots in Los Angeles!
Jen Torrejon: What’s up, everyone? I’m Jen! I was born in Burbank and grew up in different parts of the valley. I’m definitely an L.A. girl, but my family is from Honduras and Bolivia.
ICP Bre: Hi, my name is ICP Bre, and I was born in Pomona, but I grew up in San Bernardino—909, baby! I’m Mexican!
Sami and I (Jen) met through the same vocal coach and quickly became friends. When we had the idea of the group, we wanted to add a rapper, and we found ICP Bre on Instagram. The rest is history!
How do you describe your sound in your own words?
Our music is a fusion of R&B, Pop, Hip-Hop with some Latin vibes.
How would you describe the style of Sweet Taboo? Any fashion favorites?
Our style is flirtatious and sexy with a street edge. We pull a lot of fashion inspiration from Rihanna, Kehlani, & Doja Cat – but of course with our own personal flavor.
You have been getting a lot of love for your latest cover of TLC’s “No Scrubs” tell us about the song and how / why it inspires you?
Our group has always been inspired by TLC, being two singers and a rapper. “No Scrubs” broke barriers and is an anthem for strong, independent women. We are all about women empowerment and wanted to pay tribute to one of the greatest groups of all time!
Tell us about your performance for Grammy.com “ReImagined At Home” series?
It was honestly a dream come true for us! Getting the opportunity to perform for the Recording Academy/Grammy.com was a big moment. We performed the song with a band at Larrabee Studios, which was a new experience for us. We rehearsed a lot to make sure it was a perfect tribute, and we are so proud of how it came out. Go check out the performance on Grammy.com and show some love!
Tell us about the inspiration behind your song “Lil Bit”?
We wrote this song during quarantine after we heard a dope track from our producers Off Da Grid. The song is about not needing anyone to boss up and look, killer! We created something that brings a “Lil Bit” of confidence, “Lil Bit” of body positivity, and a “Lil Bit” of Latin spice.
You have been working with some very talented producers on your latest music – can you share some highlights so far of Sweet Taboo and your collaborations?
We are so lucky to work with some amazing producers. We’ve recorded songs from Malay, Jason Evigan, Keith Harris, Johnny Goldstein, and more. We met the legendary songwriter Diane Warren, and we’re working on one of her songs! We are working on our debut E.P. now and looking to drop it early next year!
What can we look forward to from Sweet Taboo? Do you have any other performances, videos, or tracks releasing soon?
We are rehearsing our live show now and will be doing some performances in November and December (stay tuned for dates)! And we will also be releasing another single VERY soon. Ya’ll better get ready!!
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