If you follow the greater LA scene, like spanning three different territories, Alpha MC's name and big ass grin might have popped up on the radar. His last release was Loving Life in '08, but he's made a guest appearances on fellow Swim Team member Open Mike Eagle's record, has a group with VeRBS called Red Foxx and gets faded with the Professor Calculus bros on the reg.
Alpha breaks his album silence with the Beat The Skin EP, a 7-song EP produced entirely by Duke Westlake, an alter-ego from a known electro-producer in LA. Beat The Skin kicks in the door with “Still Bangin',” which knocks hard with the punched-in assistance of M.O.P. and Rakim samples. The affirmations of legends is far from the focus, Alpha holds his own on the track for a banging reintroduction. The EP is streaming on Alpha's Bandcamp page, but a download will run you an Abe Lincoln ($5).
Download Beat The Skin here.