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Fresh Is The Word is a weekly podcast with interviews and discussions about the worlds of music, wrestling, and combat sports. Each week, I’ll be joined by fellow Detroit hip-hop artist and wrestling/combat zones connoisseur V-Stylez for a new segment called Knuckle Up.

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Episode #63: Young Wicked (Majik Ninja Entertainment)

Denver-based rap artist Young Wicked is this week’s guest on Fresh is the Word. Young Wicked got his start as one-half of the Axe Murder Boyz on Psychopathic Records, but he has since left the label and has linked up with Twiztid’s Majik Ninja Entertainment. Young Wicked has a new…


Episode #62: The R.O.C. (Majik Ninja Entertainment)

Detroit hip-hop artist The R.O.C. is the guest for this episode of Fresh is the Word. As an original member of the rap group House of Krazees in the 1990s, we run through his whole rap career, including how things ended with his House of Krazees group members Hectic and…


Episode #61: Kevin Harvey (RISE & SHIMMER Wrestling)

Kevin Harvey from RISE and SHIMMER Wrestling is the guest on this Beats & Body Slams Edition of Fresh is the Word. We talk about the need for the development organization known as RISE for women’s wrestling and talk about the talent involved, especially my favorite Shotzi Blackheart. Both RISE…


Episode #60: Lilac Lungs

The Detroit alternative pop band Lilac Lungs are the guests this week on Fresh is the Word. We sit down with vocalist Emily Torres and guitarist Johney Birrell and talk about how the band got started, their inspirations behind their music, and about their first full-length album Eventide, among other…


Episode #59: Chad Gilbert (New Found Glory)

Chad Gilbert, guitarist and founding member of the band New Found Glory, joins in on the podcast this week. Chad is a big MMA fan, so we talk about all the old school fighters that he likes. Before that, we talk about the early days of New Found Glory, their…


Episode #58: Nevaeh Crist (Rockstar Pro Wrestling)

On another Beats and Body Slams edition of Fresh is the Word, we are joined by the Dayton, Ohio-based wrestler Nevaeh Crist. She is currently the Rockstar Pro Wrestling World Champion, the first woman to hold that honor. Nevaeh also just claimed the Clash Wrestling Women’s Champion in Michigan recently….


Episode #57: Dane Petersen & Alexa San Román (HEIRSOUND)

The Los Angeles-based alternative pop duo Dane Petersen & Alexa San Román, known as HEIRSOUND, are the guests on this week’s episode! They are in the middle of releasing their three volume Layers EP collection and we talk about the making of the EPs along with the decision of breaking…



Episode #55: DJ Z aka Zema Ion (Impact Wrestling)

Impact Wrestling’s DJ Z joins us for the first Beats and Body Slams edition of Fresh is the Word. The Beats and Body Slams episodes will focus primarily on wrestling out of the main WWE roster, which would include the independent circuit, New Japan Pro Wresting, Ring of Honor, NXT,…


Episode #54: Simon Thompson (Alvarez Kings)

Simon Thompson, vocalist and guitarist of the South Yorkshire, UK-based alternative rock band Alvarez Kings joins K-Fresh this week to talk about what’s been going on in the band since the last time the two talked for an article for Huff Post. We talked about how their long touring with…


Episode #53: Josh Smith (Northlane)

For this week’s episode, Fresh is the Word is joined by Josh Smith, guitarist of the Sydney, Australia five-piece metalcore band Northlane. We talk about their new album Mesmer along with what went into the writing and recording process working with producer David Bendeth. We also talk about how personnel…


Episode #52: Adam De Micco (Lorna Shore)

For this episode of Fresh is the Word, Adam De Micco, guitarist of the New Jersey deathcore metal band Lorna Shore, joins us as we talk about the making of their sophomore full-length album Flesh Coffin along with how it was to come up in the New Jersey music scene….


Episode #51: Chris Jericho (WWE / Fozzy)

FRIENDS OF JERICHO! JERICHOLICS! For this week’s Fresh is the Word, we have lead singer of the rock band Fozzy and WWE wrestling legend Chris Jericho. Currently finishing up their seventh studio album, Fozzy just released their new single “Judas” to much success and are currently on tour. We talk…


Episode #50: Kaustubh “Stubhy” Pandav (Lucky Boys Confusion)

Episode #50!! For this week’s episode, we have Kaustubh “Stubhy” Pandav of the Chicago-based alternative rock band Lucky Boys Confusion. Stubhy is a long time wrestling fan, so we talk about some of his favorites from back in the day. Also, Lucky Boys Confusion just released their first album of…


Season 2, Episode #21: Steph O’Sullivan (GREYWIND)

For this week’s episode, we have Steph O’Sullivan, one-half of the alternative rock duo Greywind. The sibling duo of Steph (vocals) and Paul (guitar) O’Sullivan come from a place located on the shore of the Lough Leane Lake in the south of Ireland, a town named Killarney, and recently released…


Season 2, Episode #20: Demi (OXYMORRONS)

On this episode of Fresh is the Word, our special guest is Demi from the Queens, New York-based alternative hip hop group OXYMORRONS. They have a new song out called “What’s My Name” (listen on SPOTIFY). Along with talking about what’s going on in the band, Demi is also trained…


Season 2, Episode #19: Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal (Bellator MMA)

For this week’s podcast, K-Fresh and Vstylez are joined by Bellator MMA fighter Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal, coming off his unanimous decision win over Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at Bellator 175 in Chicago. Along with a recap of his win over Rampage, we talk indie wrestling with King Mo and his…


Season 2, Episode #18: Victor Cui (CEO of ONE Championship)

On this week’s episode of Fresh is the Word, we have a huge guest, CEO of the Singapore-based ONE Championship Victor Cui. To many, Cui has been labeled as the “most powerful man in Asian MMA” and ONE Championship is the biggest MMA promotion in Asian. ONE Championship was launched…


Season 2, Episode #17: Chino XL & Rama Duke

This week’s guest on Fresh is the Word is acclaimed hip hop artist Chino XL along with singer/songwriter Rama Duke, a duo who came together to for a re-imagining of the famed Red Hot Chili Peppers track “Under The Bridge”. The single is produced by award-winning producer and founder of…


Season 2, Episode #16: David Gunn (KING 810)

After another brief two week hiatus, Fresh is the Word is back with a special guest David Gunn, lead vocalist of the Flint, Michigan-based metal band KING 810. Along with being a musician, David Gunn is also an amateur MMA fighter who recently won his second match at Legacy Fighting…


Season 2, Episode #15: Mike D’Antonio (Killswitch Engage)

For this week’s Fresh is the Word podcast, we are joined with Mike D’Antonio, founding member and guitarist of the metal band Killswitch Engage. Mike is a HUGE wrestling fan, so along with talking about some band stuff, we talk for about an hour about Lucha Underground, Ring of Honor,…


Season 2 Episode #14: Bellator 170 (Los Angeles) Special

After a two week hiatus due to California dreaming, Fresh is the Word is back with a Bellator themed episode featuring includes from K-Fresh’s time out in LA for Bellator 170 at The Forum in Inglewood, headlined by Tito Ortiz’s victory over Chael Sonnen. During fight week, Fresh is the…


Season 2 Episode #13: Carley Coma (Candiria)

For this week’s episode, our guest is lead vocalist Carley Coma from the Brooklyn-based experimental metal band Candiria. After a 8 year hiatus, Candiria put out a much-acclaimed album in 2016 titled While They Were Sleeping on Metal Blade Records. Carley Coma is a big MMA fan, so along with…


Season 2 Episode #12: Jami Morgan (Code Orange)

The guest this week is drummer and vocalist Jami Morgan from the Pittsburgh-based metalcore band Code Orange. They have a new album out via Roadrunner Records titled “Forever” and we getting to talking about the new music along with an in-depth discussion of another one of Jami’s interested, pro wrestling…


Season 2 Episode #11: Twiztid

Fresh is the Word is back with our first episode of 2017! We are kicking it up with a bang! The special guest for this episode is the Detroit horrorcore rap duo of Jamie Madrox and Monoxide Child collectively known as Twiztid. We talk about their new album The Continuous…



Season 2 Episode #9: Vstylez in Ireland for Bellator 169

For this week’s episode of Fresh is the World, like always I”m joined by Vstylez phoning in all the way from Ireland as he’s out there for Bellator 169 in the corner of King Mo. A little shorter of an episode this time but jammed packed with discussion of MMA…


Season 2, Episode #8: Demetrious Johnson Deserves More!

This week on Fresh is the Word K-Fresh is joined by Vstylez to talk about what’s going on in the world of MMA and wrestling. No guests this week, but there’s so much drama in the UFC, it’s kinda hard being…. haha. K-Fresh is going to Toronto this weekend for…



Season 2, Episode #6: Sonjay Dutt

This episode of Fresh is the Word features a guest interview with former TNA wrestling champion and current staple of the indie wrestling circuit Sonjay Dutt (at 1:21:00 mark). We talk hip hop with him, including his rap debut earlier this year on the song “Moguls” by rap artist Vice…


Season 2, Episode #5: No Guests, Hosts Episode

No guest this week on the Fresh Is The Word podcast, but your hosts K-Fresh and Vstylez break down what’s going in the world with this election, K-Fresh announces giving up booze, and we talk about all the great MMA going on this weekend including UFC 205. Topics Include: –…


Season 2, Episode #4: Noveliss (Clear Soul Forces)

This episode of Fresh is the Word features the Detroit hip-hop artist Noveliss, member of the hip hop group Clear Soul Forces. We talk about his new EP titled Mic Swordz, the Okada vs Omega build in New Japan Pro Wresting, NXT Takeover Toronto, and how indie wrestling parallels indie…


Season 2, Episode #3: Apollo Brown

This episode of Fresh is the Word features the Detroit hip-hop producer Apollo Brown, who after a vast discography of projects just released a collaborative effort with Skyzoo titled “The Easy Truth” on Mello Music Group. We talk about boxing and MMA, then dive into his career and what goes…


Season 2, Episode 2: House Shoes (Part 2)

Welcome to the new episode of Fresh Is The Word. Your host K-Fresh is back with all sorts of new flavor in the world of music, wrestling, and combat sports. We have the second part of the interview with Detroit born, now Los Angeles transplant House Shoes and we talk…




Season 1, Episode #27: Jessica Dobson (Deep Sea Diver)

For episode #27, our special guest is Jessica Dobson of the Seattle-based band Deep Sea Diver. We talked about having her own band after years of being a part of other bands, being signed to a major label early in her career, the new Deep Sea Diver album “Secrets”, the…


Season 1, Episode #26: Zelooperz

For episode #26, we have Detroit hip hop artist Zelooperz, a member of Danny Brown’s Bruiser Brigade. We talked about how he linked up with Danny Brown, dealing with haters, what is makes to be an artist, his paintings, what sort of kid he was, how he developed his sound,…


Season 1, Episode #25: Supa Dave West

For episode #25, we have Queens, New York hip hop writer and producer Supa Dave West, most known for his work with De La Soul. He’s currently in the studio with De La Soul mixing and mastering the new De La Soul as he is also the executive producer of…


Season 1, Episode #24: Ben Bruce (Asking Alexandria)

For episode #24 of Fresh Is The Word, your host K-Fresh talks with guitarist and founder of the British metal core band Asking Alexandria, Ben Bruce. We talk about the band’s new frontman Denis Stoff and their history with their former singer Danny Worsnop and what lead to his exit…


Season 1, Episode #23: Vampires Everywhere

For episode #23 of Fresh Is The Word, K-Fresh talks to Michael Orlando, founder and front man of the band Vampires Everywhere. We talked about resurrecting the band after a hiatus, dealing with the music industry, the beginnings of the band, the new album “Ritual”, the themes of the new…


Season 1, Episode #22: Gosh Pith

For episode #22 of Fresh Is The Word, your host K-Fresh talks with the Detroit indie pop duo Gosh Pith. With Josh and Josh, we talk about how they first met, how they first started making music, where they grew up, the Okayplayer message board, working at Assemble Sound, the…


Season 1, Episode #21: Kokane

For episode #21 of Fresh Is The Word, your host K-Fresh has a chat with a west coast hip hop pioneer Kokane, who was signed to Eazy-E’s Ruthless Records and co-wrote song with N.W.A., Eazy-E, and Above The Law. We talk about how everything surrounding the L.A. riots mirror a…


Season 1, Episode #20: Natasha Kmeto

For episode #20 of Fresh Is The Word, the guest is Portland-based electronic music producer/singer/song-writer Natasha Kmeto and we talked about her new album Inevitable, how she’s progressed as an artist, the music scene in Portland, and how this new album helped her tackle her queer sexuality and how there…


Season 1, Episode #19: Stories Untold

For episode #19, your host K-Fresh talks with the Metro Detroit five-piece alternative rock band Stories Untold about how the band got started, what bands influenced them, how they all met, how they all got into music, sassy hair flips, and some of the crazy moments of their live shows…


Season 1, Episode #18: Fritz Helder

For episode #18 of Fresh Is The Word, your host K-Fresh talks about the upcoming Elzhi album “Lead Poison” and his falling out with Elzhi, his thoughts on the HipHopDX article on the Ma Dukes/House Shoes beef, the retirement of wrestler Daniel Bryan, and the passing of ECW original Axel…





Season 1, Episode #14: Stitched Up Heart

For Episode #14 of Fresh Is The Word, I talk to the Los Angeles-based hard rock band Stitched Up Heart. I first heard about this band when they were on tour with One-Eyed Doll and they were back in the neighborhood recently as we did this interview at the Ink…



Season 1, Episode #12: Open Mike Eagle

For episode #12 of Fresh Is The Word, I talk music and wrestling with hip hop artist Open Mike Eagle. We talk about the death and influence of David Bowie, his new project Cavanaugh with Serengeti, working with Mello Music Group, getting started in music, growing up in Chicago, college,…


Season 1, Episode #11: Blaze Ya Dead Homie

Welcome to the episode #11 of Fresh Is The Word with your favorite deceased gangsta, Blaze Ya Dead Homie. He has a new album out now on Majik Ninja Entertainment. We talked about how he got into making music with 2 Krazy Devils, meeting Jamie Madrox and Monoxide during the…


Season 1, Episode #10: Flint Eastwood

For episode number 10 of Fresh Is The Word, we have Detroit’s own Jax Anderson of the band Flint Eastwood. She has a new EP out now called Small Victories. We talked about wrestling, growing up on the east side of Detroit, getting into music, her first projects, forming the…



Season 1, Episode #8: Phat Kat aka Ronnie Euro

Welcome to episode #8 of Fresh Is The Word, the final edition of 2015. This week we have Detroit hip hop legend Phat Kat aka Ronnie Cash aka Ronnie Euro. We talked about how he got into hip hop, the east side vs the west side of Detroit, how he…


Season 1, Episode #7: Eddie Trunk

It’s episode #7! This week we have world-renowned rock music and heavy metal radio host Eddie Trunk. For those that don’t know, in his early days working at Megaforce Records, he signed Metallica and Anthrax, along with a slew of other bands, including reviving the career of Ace Frehley. He’s…


Season 1, Episode #6 – SHOOTCAST with Steve O & Knox Money

Your favorite heels Steve O and Knox Money join your host K-Fresh again for another SHOOTCAST episode of Fresh Is The Word. We talk about Knox Money and Steve O’s album “Going Over”, wrestlers in movies, our favorite announcers of all time, why Kirby’s is THE last place you should…



Season 1, Episode #4 – SHOOTCAST with Steve O & Knox Money

For this episode of Fresh Is The Word, we introduce a new segment of the podcast called the SHOOTCAST! It’s like a group discussion shoot with various guests talking about the all sorts of nonsense about the history and the present day happenings in the world of music and pro…


Season 1, Episode #3 – Hakim Zane

For podcast #3 of Fresh Is The Word, our guest is Michigan-based wrestler Hakim Zane from the XICW promotion. He’s done some work with Ring Of Honor and Chikara Pro in the past. We talked about hip-hop and how it fits into his wrestling persona and about how he broke…


Season 1, Episode #2 – One-Eyed Doll

For episode #2 of Fresh Is The Word, your host K-Fresh talks to Junior and Kimberly Freeman of the band One-Eyed Doll about their new album “Witches” and its theme centering on the Salem Witch Trial hysteria. Subscribe on iTunes: Click Here Listen on Stitcher Radio: stitcher.com (Photo Credit: Chad…


Season 1, Episode #1 – Finale

Welcome to the first episode of the Fresh Is The Word podcast. This is a podcast about music and wrestling, and for the first episode, your host K-Fresh has Detroit hip hop artist Finale. Recently, Finale released his new album Odds & Ends produced entirely by Oddisee on the Mello…