Chamillionaire Salutes Fort Hood

Last Friday, Houston rapper Chamillionaire performed in Fort Hood, Texas as part of a free concert to honor the victims of the tragic army base shooting that claimed 13 lives and wounded over 30 American soldiers on November 5. As the only hip-hop artist to take part in the “Fort Hood Community Strong” show, Cham was honored to help uplift fans in his home state. Here, the Grammy-winner shares his personal experiences at ground zero with XXLMag.com. It’s Chamillitary, mayne!

I had a show in Wichita the day before and was pretty tired but I forgot about how tired I was when we entered the airport in Killeen and saw a group of USO soldiers waiting to take pictures. They seemed to be so appreciative and they seemed to be real fans.

[The soldiers] directed us to a van and we headed to the hotel. En route, they told us some of their daily activities on base and some very interesting Iraq war stories. They also told us about some not so good experiences they had with previous rap artists that performed at Fort Hood in the past. They might not have realized how well me and my travel party knew some of the people that they mentioned but we just listened and laughed.

When we got to the hotel we dropped off our bags and immediately headed to Fort Hood because there was a press conference that I had to participate in. There was expected to be over 50,000 soldiers and families present at the event but we got there early and the football field sized stadium was somewhat empty.

There were about 15 to 20 trailers lined up behind the stage for all of the talent that would be performing and just as we pulled up to them I could see my name and Aaron Lewis on one of the trailer doors. Aaron Lewis is the lead singer of a group called Staind and is actually one of the coolest people you could meet.

[Adam] told me about how he climbs trees and hunts deer with a bow and arrow in his free time. He also told me how painful it was to get a tattoo on his Adam’s apple. He seemed to be the most carefree out of all of the entertainers that I met and he even left some cash on the table in the trailer like he was at home. Me and my crew made jokes about how we thought he would react if we took his money and hid it somewhere, but decided not to play any games with him.

There was a long list of other entertainers that would also be participating at the event, including Nick Jonas, comedian Dana Carvey, The Lt. Dan Band, The Zac Brown band, and Mallory Lewis & Lamb Chop. We all were introduced to each other before participating in a press conference where we all had a chance to express our will to support the troops of Fort Hood. This was actually my first time meeting Nick Jonas and I actually saw a girl who cried tears of joy when she saw him. I told my DJ that Nick reminded me of one of the characters from that Twilight movie because of how the young female fans where acting around him.

After the press conference, I took pictures with multiple groups of soldiers and three Houston Texan cheerleaders that were backstage. The stadium was filling up quickly and I could hear the large crowd of soldiers cheering for Aaron Lewis who was on the stage singing and playing his guitar. After his performance I heard the crowd cheering loud when they announced my name so I started heading to the stage to get ready to go on.

When I finally got on the stage I could see a massive crowd that extended back as far as the entire football field. A fan in the front was holding up a picture of me and him and a marker like he wanted me to sign it in the middle of the show. I acknowledged him and shouted multiple demands at the crowd like throw your hands up in the air and jump as high as you can.

I knew that since I was dealing with a stadium full of soldiers that they would be good at following directions.

I could tell they were enjoying the show by the looks on their faces once I went into performing “Ridin’ Dirty.” This wasn’t the normal hip-hop crowd you might see at a rap concert but they stood out in the cold and supported like they understood that every song was in honor of their hard work and dedication for our country.

After the performance, the crowd cheered in approval and I went back to a tent that was set up to sign autographs for fans. Me, Nick Jonas, and comedian Dana Carvey signed autographs for a never-ending line of soldiers and family members. Some of them had my mixtapes and asked me if I could sign them and others just wanted to take pictures so they could capture the moment.

It was so cold out there that my fingers where starting to freeze but just as I thought I couldn’t go any further they told me that they needed me to head back to my trailer to take some pictures with some more soldiers. When I got there General Grimsley of Fort Hood presented me with a large award that was inscribed with writing thanking me for my support of the troops. The award was a surprise for me and was definitely something that I could feel proud of.

I know the reason this Community Strong event was put together was show support to the military community in light of the recent tragedy that happened at Fort Hood, but I’m glad that the mood of the event seemed to be more positive than somber. I made it back to my hotel room with a trophy, a gold USO dog tag, and a military bag full of other items that were given to me. Thank you to the soldiers and families of Fort Hood for such a memorable experience.

With love,

Chamillionaire

  • http://www.myspace.com/buzzflightyear B. FLIGHTYEAR

    THATZ WAZZUP HOUSTON STAND UP

  • http://www.paemepromotions.com JMack

    thats what im talkin bout right there. hip hop needs more of this.

  • REALLY

    We love the support you show Cham, and I ensure that I show it back. That’s how we do down here in the Lone Star … you’re such an artist of a diff caliber from around here.

    Can’t wait for that Venom album!

    I’d also like to see you do something with DJ Premier since he’s originally from Houston too.

  • eazy money

    I wonder if cham really even wrote this.

    • Nancy

      YES! He did. I am his publicist and it was sent to XXL via me. He wrote every word.

  • Alex d.

    Great support chamillionaire. Keep it up. Can’t wait for the new album

  • http://twitter.com/DatBoyJayC Jay-C

    Good shit Cham! real good…
    H-Town

  • BIGNAT

    i don’t support war of any kind but you have to support the people who put there lives on the line for us.

  • c-walk

    Chamillitary all day! Cham is one of a kind!

  • BBB

    Yeah Cham did write this, he’s known to write pretty well, but I don’t consider him some kind of hero like he reached out and went looking to support the troops. His publicist booked the event for him and he gladly excepted the job because he’s promoting an album and knew it would be a good look, simple as that. I hate when celebs get credit for doing not much of anything.

    • Jerm

      but a good deed is still good deed is it not? even though he may have gotten paid, its still somewhat thoughtful…imo

      • Nancy

        NONE of the celebs that take part in USO shows get paid, FYI. They do still have to pay theor road crews, DJ and other support staff so their contribution is genuine. That goes for them all.

      • BIGNAT

        umm most of the time stars don’t get paid to entertain american troops. they provide everything you need room food and give you stuff. it is seen like a service to your country.

  • abdulnasir

    ok, y’all gonna know i watch the disney channel, but did u notice that was one of the jonas brothers in the 1st and some subsequent picture with cam? “no, i’m not a jonas/ i use my kahunas”. i had to put that in there.

  • http://www.uso.org the USO

    We at the USO were THRILLED to have Chamillionaire on board for this event. He had been looking for some time for the right opportunity to support the Troops (even before talk of his new album dropping) and – like all USO celebrity entertainment – volunteered his time and resources to support our military and their families. Thanks, Cham!

    You can read more about Community Strong on the USO Blog

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  • http://Twitter.com/BethWms Bethany Wms

    Gr8 writing n pixes. Being a proud American n from a military fam tears almost immediately came2 my eyes. Jackson,Mississippi luvs ya’-Beth/KultureShokEnt.-

  • http://movies.groups.yahoo.com/group/GarySiniseFanClub/ Victoria Christian

    Around here, we adore Gary Sinise.
    I’m director of the Gary Sinise Fan Club on Yahoo, and we send out a daily newsletter Monday – Friday pertaining to all the latest news regarding Gary, CSI: NY, Steppenwolf Theatre and Operation International Children, along with Gary Sinise and the Lt Dan Band. The newsletter includes a daily photograph in professional mat and framework not available anywhere else.
    I believe you would enjoy what we post and share about the CSI: NY show.

    http://movies.groups.yahoo.com/group/GarySiniseFanClub/

    We would love to have you and your readers; thank you for what you post and share here about him and his many outreaches, and you have a very site!

    We thank all the entertainers who took part in this wonderful event.

    Victoria

  • BossGame

    I used to work with Gen. Grimsley when he was with 4ID. Good People!!! Thanks Cham!!! Come on down to Fort Carson, CO next, but bring a thick coat cuz it’s cold as a mother up here. Damn, I miss Hood!

  • http://tonygrands.blogspot.com Tony Grands

    Respect to Cham! If we don’t love our own country, we can’t expect anyone else to…

    & respect to Nancy, for getting on here & setting the record straight. That’s a real publicist.

  • DV8

    Arrrgggghhhhhh!!!!!!

    So many words at one time, like a barrage of vocabulary, just like a real Cham song. (joking)

    Thats a good look. Much respect to Cham for showing love and support to our troops and reppin hiphop at the USO.

  • chillin mayne

    chamillionaire.com don, gone in sean john,/ run when i come cuz ya boys dont want none,/ a cup of ice, a snow cone, and a medium blizzard/ from dairy queen aint even enough to compete with the lizard

    the illest rapper from TX, bar none, versatile dude can spit it so many ways…

    call me, king of the kappa when im seen in ya city / my screens fall and hang down, like ya grandmommas titties…

    stop me cuz i could go on for days

    even if the dj record all my vocals low / u aint got to hear it, im the best, and u supposed to know

    buy a ad on the back of a carton of milk / and ask “have u seen the roof for the car with the stilts?” / im thinkin, “the rims get any bigger under the coupe / then ima have to jump out the coupe with a parachute”

  • chillin mayne

    p.s….yall need to give cham a blog spot for a week

    if white america stare at the pair of eyes in a colored face/ can he see why he love to chase / green fetti in a gutta place

  • av

    hey cham i really appreiciate this bro. my cousin is stationed at fort hood and thank the lord he was off of base doin drills when all that went down. me and my cousin been listenin to your music since mixtape messiah part 1 and i know he prolly went crazy when you came through. thanks again bro.

  • http://facebook.com/marsh279 marshal

    hey man gud for hiphop,when are you coming down 2 South Africa maybe you dont know that you got a huge fan base down sa .

  • freeboy

    Hey fellas, whats up? i love hip hop…
    am still working on my album..