[caption id=“attachment_3655” align=“alignright” width=“233” caption=“Paul Wall poses with pilots of a C-130 aircraft at Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan, during his 2009 tour through the Persian Gulf. (USO photo by Erick Anderson)”][/caption]
“It’s an honor for me to visit our troops and to volunteer with the USO. As an artist I feel like it’s my duty to give back to our soldiers at war and to let them know I appreciate their sacrifice. I’m also excited to perform music from my new album for them.” - Paul Wall
Grammy nominated rapper Paul Wall recently set out to visit troops serving in the Persian Gulf on his fourth USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour. Accompanying “The People’s Champ” in boosting troop morale were Power 106 radio personality Big Boy and DJ E-man. The trio performed seven shows at three bases, signed autographs and spent some one-on-one time with troops.
Wall has participated in three USO tours since 2007, performing for over 10,400 service men and women stationed in Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan. Big Boy and DJ E-man participated in their first USO tour in 2008, when the duo traveled to Kuwait and Iraq with Latin rapper Baby Bash, performing for more than 5,000 troops.
Didn’t catch the tour this time? Pick up Wall’s fourth studio album, “Heart of a Champion,” which features collaborations with USO tour veteran Chamillionaire and a host of other diverse artists.
Big Boy had this to say about the trip: “I’ve been looking forward to doing another USO tour and to be able to have this experience with artists that share my enthusiasm for these great men and women makes it even more memorable.” DJ E-man echoed those sentiments: "I can’t describe how humbling it is to hit the stage and perform for some of our nation’s bravest and finest heroes. My first USO tour was a life-changing experience and this one was no different.“
Check out some concert footage below as Wall performs for Troops at Joint Base Balad, Iraq!
More from the USO
May 24, 2018
5 Outdoor Activities That Pay Tribute to the Fallen on Memorial Day
As the first long weekend of the summer, Memorial Day is often filled with barbecues and outdoor activities, but it's also a somber holiday intended to reflect on our nation's fallen heroes. Here are 5 things you can do to honor the fallen while still enjoying the outdoors.