Criss-crossing the intersection of intelligent Hip Hop, R&B, and Electronic Dance Music, Lafa Taylor is a colorful West Coast based singer, rapper, and producer. Lafa’s gritty, sexy, bass heavy beats confidently blur boundaries and captivate listeners with diverse musical tastes. His collage of tasteful multi tempo music, keeps people dancing and engaged.
With a vocal style that ranges from smooth melodies to tongue twisting rapid rhymes, Lafa’s music carries a message of inspiration and activation that is relatable and encourages people to be their unique selves.
Drawing on his Costa Rican / American heritage and world travels, Lafa’s lyrics have an international flavor spiced with Spanish, Patois and even Japanese. A masterful beat boxer, Lafa often creates loops on the spot to add to the mix. He is frequently accompanied by backup singers and a cast of live musicians.
Witty and well spoken, light hearted yet deep, Lafa’s live shows are energetic, dynamic and soulful. Bringing people into the moment, Lafa has a great talent for welcoming and connecting with his audience, and working with the energy of the crowd. He has mesmerized audiences at such festivals as Coachella, Lightning in a Bottle, Shambhala, and Electric Forest.
Lafa’s multiple album releases date back to his 2003 debut, Life Music, to the most recent, Not One Thing LP.
In 2005, Lafa headed out to explore Japan. There he joined the multi platinum Japanese band “Def Tech” and played a sold out 26 city tour, including the prestigious Budokan in Tokyo at capacity with over 9,000 people. Lafa’s song “Lift Up” with Def Tech saw major success in Japan. It was licensed for a Sony Ericsson commercial and the music video saw heavy rotation on MTV Japan and Space Shower.
After returning from Japan Lafa released, Different, which included the clever underground classic “Rollin’ Dough“.
In 2012 Lafa released the, Mixed Emotions EP and the music video of the title song was featured on MTV Jams and MTV On Demand.
In 2014 Lafa continued to display his versatility with the release of, Not One Thing, showcasing his many styles and flavors.
A 20 city tour with Beats Antique, Emancipator, and Shpongle and collaborations with eminent artists such as Bassnectar and The Polish Ambassador rounded out his year. Watch for this international man of music as he continues to spread love and bass wherever he plugs in.