The job was grueling, physically and mentally. Bunch sustained a serious head injury. He was seconds away from being killed by a mortar, and it shook him up so bad that he got married a month later because he was convinced he wasn't going to survive his tour. "There was a lot of stress on me," he says. "I can't begin to describe it."
Bunch had rapped when he was younger, and had come to rely on hip-hop during difficult stretches. "Every time I would get myself in a situation where I'm like, damn, what am I doing? I would always pen something about it," he says. "It was therapeutic." So when things got bad in Iraq, Bunch and a friend set up a Conex shipping container with a computer and some microphones they bought online. "When we came off of the patrols, we would hit the Conex and record, or just write, or freestyle," Bunch says. Their ranks swelled. "The Conex would turn from three to four people into six or eight. You had people who didn't even rap, and they're like, Alright, I'm gonna do it. We had a shared moment there."