Billboard caught up with the Nappy Roots to talk about the success of their 2002 debut, ‘Watermelon, Chicken & Gritz’, which saw them tour in support of to Iraq as one of the few hip hop acts to perform on the USO tour. “It was eye-opening to see the type of things [the soldiers] have to go through,” Scales says. “It can get up to 130 degrees, and electricity and running water are only available in a few places. When we went to Baghdad, the troops were staying in a hangar at the Saddam Hussein International Airport, sleeping on the floor — and their main concern was seeing us perform. It was a big morale booster for them, and that meant a lot to me.”
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