Phife Dawg's Protege Alpha Releases His Debut Single "Float" [Premiere]
Get into the sounds of VA rapper Alpha.
Three years after his death, the legacy of A Tribe Called Quest’s Phife Dawg lives on.
Alpha is a young rapper’singer/producer from Virginia. In 2010, he got on the radar of Phife; he became his protege. Over a span of years, Alpha worked on his sound, trying to get to this moment. He is getting ready to release his debut EP DERMIS this year.
Today, we are pleased to premiere the first single from the upcoming EP; the song is called “Float,” and it was produced by Braden Blair. It features Alpha rapping, quite well, over a droozy, hypnotic beat.
In a press release, Alpha talked about the song, and the rappers he was influenced by:
The song’s inspired by lessons I’ve had to learn the hard way. It’s a reminder to stay focused and dodge the bullshit. When I was a kid I turned to JAY[-Z] and Andre  Musically for that, so I wanted to revive that feeling. I also love joy riding with the speakers on blast, so I wanted to make a song people could cruise to.
Phife would be proud. Listen to Alpha’s debut single “Float” below.