Erick “Jesus” Coomes is a man of many talents. You may know him as the highly skilled bassist of acclaimed funk outfit Lettuce, or for his lovable goofball antics on and off stage. However, there is so much more to this West Coast cat to discover, including these 10 things you didn’t know about Jesus!
1.) Jesus has written music for some of the biggest pop stars in the game, including Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, Hilary Duff, Janet Jackson, Pitbull, Enrique Iglesias, Mike Posner and Jennifer Lopez. He has also played bass and guitar on many well-known tracks — most notably Kanye West’s “All Falls Down” and Eminem’s “Crack a Bottle.”
2.) While he grew up in a very religious household, his nickname came at a later point from DJ Quik. After years of working together, Quik began calling him Jesus because he wouldn’t partake in any of their debauchery, and also because of his extremely long hair and beard. B-Real from Cypress Hill says he walks on water on the track with the bass. The name has since stuck, and is even perpetuated by his friend Dr. Dre.
DJ Quik & Jesus in the early days, off Quik’s DVD ‘Visualism’
3.) They’re grrrrreat! Jesus was a child actor and appeared in a Frosted Flakes commercial in the 80s. He was also in the movie Point Break.
4.) Jesus would show up to Snoop Dogg sessions straight from yoga class in a turban, which never failed to trip everyone out.
5.) When Jesus began to play bass at age 15, he was so prolific that world-renowned bass virtuoso John Patitucci took him on as a private student.
6.) He was vegan for ten years and has studied Kundalini yoga and meditation. He still has a very spiritual daily practice that includes prayer and meditation.
7.) It’s a family affair! His father Tommy Coomes ironically founded Love Song, one of the first Christian Rock Music bands to start a movement referred to as back in the 1970’s as Jesus music. His brother Tycoon is a DJ/producer/drummer who has multiple platinum hits and works with the some of the most successful people in the industry (i.e. Ron Fair, Diane Warren & Dr Dre).
8.) Don’t let that goofy stoner demeanor fool you — Jesus was able to complete high school in just 3 years and was the only member of Lettuce to graduate Berklee College of Music with a degree!
9.) Prior to Lettuce, Jesus was a founding member of The Fyre Dept., which featured such legendary guests as Slick Rick and GZA from the Wu-Tang Clan. He later reunited with Wu-Tang members on stage for one of the highlights of his career, the Bonnaroo hip-hop superjam in 2013, where he played alongside RZA, Redman, Method Man, Ghostface Killah, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Schoolboy Q, Chad Hugo, Solange and more.
10.) Much like the story of Jesus Christ feeding 5,000 of his disciples with 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish, one time, he went into a classic Jewish deli with The Game and Hi Tek and ordered a cheese sandwich that unknowingly came with 60 slices of cheese on only two slices of bread. He went and bought extra loaves of bread and made tons of sandwiches to feed the whole crew. They all laughed about the incident for days.
Sending out some supreme birthday love for our main man, Jesus Coomes, on this glorious June 14th!