December 23rd, 2011
05:50 PM ET
As the last of the U.S. troops withdrew from Iraq, independent rap artist Tech N9ne provided some outgoing entertainment in Kuwait.
The artist performed his song 'The Noose," which he says was inspired by military troops, to show his support for those fighting on the front lines. (There's video of his performance over at HipHopDX.com.)
Read about his first-hand experience after the jump:
"What affected me the most about my visit to the Middle East was how amazingly pleasant and humble those who are serving our country were, even while under some of the [roughest] and most secluded living conditions imaginable.
The mostly young men and women all had stories similar to my own. When I talk about being away from my family and missing my kids in my music, they told me they listen to those songs to get them through being away. They showed my crew and I the most love imaginable for coming and giving them a piece of the USA, and that's exactly what we did.
I told them every night that I would go into the middle of a war zone to show my appreciation for their bravery. While at Camp Buehring in Kuwait, I accidentally suffered two broken ribs trying to climb into an Apache helicopter. Afterward, even against the suggestions of the military doctors, I performed the entire hour-and-a-half of my last three shows under a lot of pain.
I guess that was my way of saying that nothing could've stopped me from rocking the mic for those same troops that are so far away from their loved ones, suffering a pain all of their own. Nothing! I wouldn't have missed it for the world! Merry Christmas to the men and women of the United States Military who keep us all safe."
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