Nas sees ties with victims of Liberian war

When it comes to tough-to-watch subjects, the aftermath of more than a decade of civil war is one of them, but rapper Nas says he has started to pay attention.

The 36-year-old artist feels a connection to the amputee victims in the recovering African country of Liberia because he, too, saw a fair share of violence growing up in New York’s Queensbridge housing project. But he readily states in an “E:60” profile of the amputees that his “realities were like a walk in the park compared to what these kids go through in other countries.”

Nas will lend his distinctive voice as well as his music to the profile of the war survivors, who have come together as the Liberian National Amputee soccer team, airing Tuesday night on ESPN’s “E:60.” The players bear the scars of the country’s 14 years of civil wars, conflicts so violent that they claimed more than 250,000 lives.

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Pictured: Hip-hop music artist Nas appears on stage at MTV’s TRL at MTV Studios on July 15, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images).