This Week in The FADER: April 3, 2011 Edition


** #relevant #radical #goddes Venus Iceberg X, Ghe20 G0th1k and Diplo went in real hard on each other on twitter. Review their whole discourse on race, appropriation, hardstyle, inspiration, Hot Topic, the Smashing Pumpkins and more, plus exclusive statements from Diplo and Venus about the clash, here.

** Odd Future standout Hodgy Beats delivered unrelenting bullet-sprays over a Moody Blues sample on "Mystery."

** Bedford’s Lil Silva released a new, un-agressive dance track, pulling the high notes all the way underwater to let fellow Brit Sampha‘s brilliant moments of sensitive R&B vocals shine up top. The result, "On Your Own," is a totally endearing collaboration.

** E-40 stopped by to talk about why he's made four albums int he last year, working with son on Bjork samples and what he's done for the English language. Then, he admitted he's never needed glasses!

** Rap zeitgeist Lex Luger gave away two super moody beats on twitter. Send your recordings over them to letters@thefader.com!

** A.P.C. and Vans teamed up to make a crisp and clean collection of spring sneakers that we're afraid to blemish on NYC streets.

** Phoenix packed Club Red and dressed well for their vitaminwater uncapped LIVE concert, the party continues (and will look even better?) in LA with Freddie Gibbs, Dom Kennedy and Casey Veggies this Tuesday, April 5th. RSVP now!

** It's not a dream: Lil Wayne will actually release Carter IV in May, and Birdman will deliver a follow up, family-style summer album. Download a taste— Birdman f. Lil Wayne, Mack Maine and T-Pain, “Get Money.”

This Week in The FADER: April 3, 2011 Edition