Just like pretty much everyone else on the Internet, the inhabitants of Flavorwire central giggled heartily at the news yesterday that Diddy was trying to inveigle his way onto Downton Abbey. The fact that the whole thing was a clever piece of promotion for a pretty amusing Funny or Die video didn’t dampen our enthusiasm any — by then, we’d moved onto envisaging other TV shows that we’d like to see Diddy on, and breaking out Photoshop to make our dreams a reality. See the results of our fantasies after the jump. … Read More
If you’ve ever wanted to see Blixa Bargeld hanging out in the kitchen, Joy Division pretending to be Monty Python, or Leonard Cohen wearing denim cut offs, then click through and get… Read More
From a young Iggy Pop vacuuming his apartment to a costumed Lady Gaga making eggs, here’s a photo roundup of our most endearingly flamboyant musicians doing incongruously domestic… Read More
You can tell a lot about a person based on who they religiously follow on Twitter — or least that’s the driving idea behind this new weekly column. Every Monday we’ll ask an influential web editor to share some of his or her most prized feeds with you, along with a few exemplary tweets that will illustrate why you’ll soon be following along too. Our hope is that you’ll get a tiny glimpse inside the creative minds of some of online media’s brightest stars — and a more interesting Twitter feed of your own to boot!
To kick things off, we were lucky enough to score some recommendations from the lovely Amy Odell, the editor of BuzzFeed’s brand-new women’s vertical, Shift. Click through to check out her picks, and be sure to follow her on Twitter here. … Read More
If you’ve ever wondered what your favorite literary characters might be listening to while they save the world/contemplate existence/get into trouble, or hallucinated a soundtrack to go along with your favorite novels, well, us too. But wonder no more! Here, we sneak a look at the hypothetical iPods of some of literature’s most interesting characters. What would be on the personal playlists of Holden Caulfield or Elizabeth Bennett, Huck Finn or Harry Potter, Tintin or Humbert Humbert? Something revealing, we bet. Or at least something danceable. Read on for a cozy reading soundtrack, character study, or yet another way to emulate your favorite literary hero. This week: Slimy, slimy Captain Hook. … Read More
It’s one of the enduring mysteries of the hip hop world -– who shot Tupac Shakur in the lobby of Quad Studios in New York in November 1994, thus catalyzing the ongoing East/West feud that’d eventually leave both Shakur and East Coast rival Biggie Smalls dead? Shakur was robbed and then shot five times, but somehow survived –- in the aftermath of the shooting, he accused Sean “Puffy” Combs (aka Puff Daddy, aka P Diddy, aka etc etc) and his protégé Smalls of ordering the attack, leading to a cycle of recrimination and revenge that led to both rappers’ deaths. Whether Tupac’s accusations were founded or not has never been clear, but now the mystery may be solved –- according to hip hop website allhiphop.com, a gentleman named Dexter Isaac has apparently confessed to the shooting, and claimed he carried it out on the orders of record executive James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond. Read on for the gory details. … Read More
Sigh. According to CNN, P. Diddy has declared that he will now forever more (for a week) be known as ‘Swag,’ a slang term that we thought meant free stuff that you get from PR events or on fancy airlines, or possibly ‘swagger’, but apparently also just means ‘cool.’ In a video he released announcing his name change, um, Swag says, “I’ve gone as Puff, Puffy, Puff Daddy, P. Diddy, Diddy, King Combs – my real name is Sean Combs – and for a week, this week only, you can call me by my new name, Swag.” In case you were wondering whether this is just a publicity stunt, the name change is in honor of his comeback… from the flu. Watch the announcement video after the jump and let us know what you think in the comments. … Read More
It’s a pretty common phenomenon for singers and rappers to write songs about how awesome they are, and that makes sense. Musicians have a lot to be proud of. They work long hours, they have to churn out new songs all the time, and their wallets are sometimes too small for their fifties. Just kidding! We all know that lyrical bragging is part of the bedrock of hip-hop, and is a distinct presence in other genres, and we’re cool with that, but sometimes a song comes along that is literally only about how great the singer is, and we think that deserves some special mention. Not that it’s necessarily a value judgement – these songs range from Charlie Sheen-level winning to actual greatness worthy of their own lyrics. After all, we all know that when Nicki Minaj says she’s the best, she’s not bragging. She’s just being realistic. So take a listen, brush your shoulders off, and let us know which of your favorites we’ve missed in the comments. … Read More
Between gossip blogs and the weekly glossies, watching high profile people play out their personal indiscretions and humiliations in public has become a staple of modern culture. We witch hunt mistresses, follow divorces like sporting matches, and feast on depraved behavior.
What if your favorite literary characters were subjected to the same level of scrutiny? We have compiled a list of fictional characters that in today’s day and age would be tabloid sensations for their turbulent romances and dramatic downward spirals. Lindsay Lohan and Jon Gosselin step aside, here are the top ten literary characters that the tabloids of today would be crazy… Read More