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Fresh IE is ready to rap the Winnipeg Blue Bombers to victory Sunday.
The Grammy-nominated performer, producer and longtime season-ticket holder has released an updated version of For the W, and he believes the song will help the local Canadian Football League team bring home the Grey Cup, just like in 2019.
"I’ve been on the bandwagon my whole life. This is something that’s really amazing that we have a chance to make history," Fresh IE (Robert Wilson) said Thursday.
"In 2019, I did this song when they had their run and won the cup. It seems fitting to update it to this year’s run and make a song to help pump up our city, all the fans and the players, of course."
The song is to released Friday on Spotify and Apple Music streaming services, and Fresh IE is promoting on his social media channels as well.
For the W has new lyrics created for 2021, with "back-to-back" mentioned right off the bat. He name-checks Bombers players such as defensive stalwarts Willie Jefferson and Jackson Jeffcoat and offensive stars Nic Demski and Andrew Harris.
"It’s mixed a little bit better this year and customized to their run this year, although their run this year is almost identical to the one in 2019, so it’s a little crazy," he said.
Fresh IE, who said he will release a new album, The Wind and the Waves, in April, will be at home Sunday watching the title game on TV.
Like many Bombers players, he’s going into the game with bumps and bruises from the Western Final on Dec. 5, in which the Bombers beat the Saskatchewan Roughriders 21-17.
"My celebration was so intense that I went to high-five a buddy of mine, and I did it a little too hard and now I have a huge bruise on my thumb," he said. "I’m still going to be high-fiving for sure. I know that we’re going to have a great game."
Fresh IE, 49, is also a minister — his Grammy nominations came in the best rock gospel album category — and says the Bombers have provided spirit and hope to fans in the same way his raps have for his listeners.
"I’ve been through the hard times, the heartbreaks during the Khari Jones era (early 2000s) when we almost made it," he said.
"Our team is a great example of coming through hardships, coming through adversity and finding the right chemistry and the right players to make a championship team."
Alan Small has been a journalist at the Free Press for more than 22 years in a variety of roles, the latest being a reporter in the Arts and Life section.