Nas Wins Emmy For ‘Survivor 1’ Documentary

Nas is honored for directing & scoring film about Liberian civil war survivors who become soccer champions.  

Johnny Firecloudby Johnny Firecloud


Rapper Nas has earned a prestigious award for his contributions to the dramatic documentary about the Liberian civil war.


The Queensbridge, New York rapper was awarded the National Sports Emmy for the ESPN documentary Survival 1, a film that follows “two amputee victims of the Liberian civil war who form a soccer team and eventually became champions.” Nas, real name Nasir Jones, directed and scored the film, which debuted on the sports channel in May 2010. 


Survival 1 chronicles the lives of Richard and Joseph, two Liberian amputees and victims of the African nation's Civil War. The inspiring duo managed to overcome their setbacks and organize a championship soccer team, a captivating tale of perseverance and dedication. The documentary, part of ESPN's 'E:60' series, first aired on May 4 of last year.


Joining Jay-Z as one of the recent hip-hop elite to score one of the prestigious accolades, the fact that he won an award for his film work before his music wasn't lost on Nas. “After all these years of making music, I am honored to have this be the first award I ever won of this magnitude,” he said. “An Emmy before a Grammy. Crazy sh@t!” 


Watch the trailer for Survival 1 below.