Five Questions | S1 E04: Talking Hip-Hop with DJ @carverthegreat

Shawn Hardie and the international DJ Carver The Great discuss Future’s influence in hip-hop today, Biggie’s place in hip-hop history, what makes a good lyricist, Drake vs. today’s “gangsta” rappers and when the words “Southern” and “rachet” became synonyms in hip-hop.

Donald Trump Is A Basic B—- (and Other Observations)


These are some thoughts that I have. If you’re offended, can’t take it back, handle your business. -S.

Donald Trump is the political equivalent of a basic bitch.
A basic bitch is a person (I use it across gender) who is revered by the masses (whether it be co-workers, friends, colleagues or the high school football team) while not really saying or doing anything extraordinary. He/She usually has that one redeemable quality (ex: tall, long hair, in shape, nice ass, etc.) that makes him/her relevant enough to hold your attention, but there really isn’t much else after that.

While watching Sunday’s Steelers-Eagles game, I saw my first Donald Trump ad. Those were 30 seconds of my life I’ll never get back, because the ad said absolutely nothing. Unfortunately, I can’t show you the ad, but not because I could get in trouble for posting it, but because I can’t find it anywhere (including his own damn Web site).

Donald Trump is adored by millions (yes, millions. He’s in a virtual dead heat to become President of the United States. He says what he wants, whether it’s true or not, because he knows his audience will eat it up. And he’s tall. Donald Trump is the blueprint for a basic bitch.

No one wins a big game that only matters to himself like Rex Ryan.
My dislike for Rex Ryan is well documented. I think he’s a mediocre coach on his best day. But when he needs a win that ultimately won’t matter to anyone else on planet Earth, Rex will get it. He beat the Browns & Dolphins to finish 8-8 with the Jets in 2013 and keep his job (only to go a sparkling 4-12 the next year and lose his job). His Bills swept the Jets last season, including a Week 17 win that kept the Jets out of the playoffs (the same playoffs the Bills have missed for 16 straight seasons). And with his back against the wall, Rex pulled off another big win against the Cardinals, possibly saving his job for another week. Too bad the Bills have no chance at winning the AFC East and are a long shot to make the playoffs. But hey, Rex will make you feel good for a week.

Jeff Fisher is the reason why the Rams are always 7-9… and not 3-13.
A lot has been made lately of Jeff Fisher’s mediocrity as a head coach (SB Nation went so far as to call him a Ponzi scheme). While I don’t rate him as a top five head coach, here are some facts that should help you settle down:

– The best quarterback he’s had this decade is Sam Bradford
– Their defense is a terror every year (ask fans on other NFC West teams)
– You can’t name their leading receiver in any season this decade

Getting destroyed on Monday Night Football 28-0 isn’t a good look. But holding the Seahawks (the team everyone blindly pencils into 11 wins every year) to 3 points, then dropping 37 on the road in Tampa Bay (everyone’s darling sleeper) is a good look. Jeff Fisher has done way more good than harm in his career. A lot of franchises would sign up for 7-9 (ahem, Cleveland & Jacksonville) in a heartbeat.

LSU is out of its mind for firing Les Miles.
LSU just fired a coach with a record of 114-34 over 12 years that brought them their 3rd national championship since 1893. EIGHTEEN NINETY THREE. Some football programs have champagne dreams with a PBR lifestyle. LSU was irrelevant in my lifetime until some guy named Nick Saban showed up in 1999, followed by Les Miles in 2004. Don’t be surprised if they go right back to irrelevance.

The Bears might be the worst team in football
Before last season, I said the Bears would be the worst team in the NFC. Looks like I was early by a year. Before you blame the injuries, remember they weren’t good before the injuries hit. Somewhere, Lovie Smith is smiling. (Actually, it’s in Champaign, Illinois, where he coaches the Fighting Illini.)

Never trust Miami in anything costing more than a dollar.
If the Browns didn’t have to rely on a kicker they signed last Friday because their normal kicker got injured (insert what he did here), all of your survivor pools would have went up in smoke. Here’s a tip: As long as Ryan Tannehill is the QB, the Dolphins shouldn’t be as trusted as far as you can throw them.

This Is It | S7 E38: Discussing The Night Of


Shawn Hardie, Midtown Mo, Cousin D and Ali recap the HBO series The Night Of. They discuss the trial of Nasir Khan, who was the show’s MVP and how it ranks among TV shows this year (& among HBO shows all time). Note: This podcast contains spoilers!

Fresh Cut Radio Show: Week 32 from @CarverTheGreat


This week’s set from DJ CarverTheGreat features tracks from Red Cafe, DJ Khaled, Desiigner, Usher, Beyonce, 2 Chainz, Lil Yachty, Afrojack, & DJ Khaled and more.

On Saturdays from 4-7 PM EST, check out DJ CarverTheGreat on The Fresh Cut Radio Show, which airs on Durban’s 99.5 Gagasi FM in South Africa. Listen online at

Problem ft 2 Chainz – My Squad Remix
Red Cafe – She A Bad One
Nas – Oochie Wally
Beyonce – Baby Boy
Nelly – Ride Wit Me
Usher ft Young Thug – No Limit
Desiigner – Timmy Turner
DRAM ft Lil Yachty – Broccoli
Lil Durk – Money Walk
Jeezy ft 2 Chainz & Future – Magic City Monday
DJ Khaled – Fuck Up The Club
Afrojack ft Ty Dolla Sign – Gone

Fresh Cut Radio Show: Week 30 from @CarverTheGreat

This week’s mix includes some of DJ Carver The Great’s favorite records released in the past few weeks. French Montana has been involved in many of his favorite records this year. Drake & Future gave us another heater and 2 Chainz has significantly improved his bars* in the past year or two. 

On Saturdays from 4-7PM EST, check out Carver’s hip-hop mix on The Fresh Cut Radio Show which airs on Durban’s 99.5 Gagasi FM in South Africa. Listen online at

Dr. Sid feat. Wizkid – Erima
Chance The Rapper – No Problem
Kanye West – Champions
Wizkid – Shabba
DJ Khaled – I Got The Keys
DJ Esco – 100it Racks
Ty Dolla Sign – Campaign
French Montana – No Shopping
French Montana – Lock Jaw
PartyNextDoor – Come & See Me
Biggie – Big Poppa

*These are Carver’s thoughts and not necessarily the thoughts of seveneighteen, haha. 

This Is It | S7 E35: The State of The New York Knicks, Part 2


In Part 2, Strafe & friends discuss where the Knicks will finish in the East in 2017, why we’re the most ridiculed fan base in the NBA (15:30 mark) & how nice it is to actually have first round draft picks again (36:17). Guests: Ali, Carlos Poveda, Emman Ebosie, Elvis Maduro,George Brobbey & That ADHD Show’s  Jeff J.

This Is It | S7 E35: The State of The New York Knicks, Part 1


Strafe and Ali host a roundtable discussion of long suffering Knicks fans, discussing who’s to blame for the Knicks’ current state (6:58 mark), President Phil Jackson’s tenure (15:17) and if Tom Thibodeau would’ve been a good fit as head coach (33:58). Guests: Carlos Poveda, Emman Ebosie, Elvis Maduro, George Brobbey & Bleacher Report’s Jeff J.

This Is It | S7 E34: Discussing Orange Is The New Black with @BriePYT

William H. Strafe turned the show over to J. Marie and Orange Is The New Black actress Brianna Seagraves to discuss the Netflix hit show. They discuss Chapman’s role (2:13 mark), who steals the show (11;55), how it engages in social commentary (20:18), why OITNB is so popular (27:48), the biggest surprise of Season 4 (31:43) & the show’s future (41:03).

Fresh Cut Radio Show: Week 29 | @CarverTheGreat

This week’s mix is a combination of some of the popular records produced by Metro Boomin (want some more…) and DJ Carver The Great’s favorite Afrobeat records that have come out recently. Particularly, Jidenna’s latest single, “Little Bit More” which is currently his favorite record of the moment. The last record, “Standard” by Reekado Banks, is also a banger. Enjoy!

You can check out DJ Carver The Great’s hip-hop mix every Saturday from 4-7 pm EST on The Fresh Cut Radio Show, which airs on Durban’s 99.5 Gagasi FM in South Africa. You can listen online at

PS: It’s a clean version, so feel free to play around your kids… or your parents.

Fresh Cut Radio Show: Week 27 | @CarverTheGreat

Need some new music? Look no further than our resident DJ Carver The Great!

This week’s mix is an ode to the boom-bap NY sound that made us fall in love with hip-hop in the 90s. Some of the standout records on here include ASAP Ferg’s “Don’t Mind” featuring  Fabolous & French Montana and “Blow A Check” by Zoey Dollarz. Carver’s personal favorite is the opening track, the cathartic “Poppin” by Rico Richie.

If you’re ever in a dialogue about how the “New York Sound” is no longer relevant, please cite this mix. Enjoy!

You can check out Carver The Great’s hip-hop mix every Saturday from 4-7 pm EST on The Fresh Cut Radio Show, which airs on Durban’s 99.5 Gagasi FM in South Africa. You can listen online at

PS: It’s a clean version, so feel free to play around your kids… or your parents.