Daft Punk

Meet the self-proclaimed No. 1 face in hip hop -- a former punk gone gold

LaFata's wordplay deals almost entirely with having fun, which he feels is the foolproof antidote to the world's ills. "I read the news a lot," he says when asked about the global focus of his lyrics. "This sounds really cheesy, but I'm really sensitive to where humanity is going. I have visions of clean [political] lines and happy people and dance parties."

On "Rock the Parti," LaFata offers to bring his brand of frivolity to those in need: "Next stop/ We move right down to Chechnya/ Trade drum machines for guns/ So the kids can have more fun." While LaFata may not have the tightest grip on international peace-keeping policies, his husky delivery and addictive beats may hold the cure to some of life's anxieties.

Back home in his bedroom studio, LaFata tries to explain what drives a former punk rocker to make righteous rap music. "It's all I think about: the beats, the dancing, the sound-system psychedelia. It's just the world I live in," says LaFata, punctuating his response with a few thundering riffs from his guitar.

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