The Spirit of Apollo
What is N.A.S.A.?
Squeak E Clean: I met my homeboy DJ Ze Gon in L.A. in 2003. Within a week we'd made "Hip-hop" and soon after came up with the name. The concept clicked with "Strange Enough." Bringing worlds together is the basic concept and everything grew from that over the next five-and-a-half years.
The Spirit of Apollo has a unified sound, like a cohesive mix-tape.
Yeah, I'm glad you said that. We made a specific effort to not just have people send in stuff from different cities. With maybe two exceptions, we were at every recording session. We wrote a letter to each artist with the N.A.S.A. manifesto and why they fit on the record and what we imagined them doing. We'd go meet them and knock it out together. That was fun for us - to meet all of our heroes like that.
Any regrets about artists who didn't participate?
The main person who really broke our heart was James Brown because he's our favourite musician of all time. We tried to reach out to him but he was always, always touring. I'm still thankful for him and it's a shame we couldn't work together. (Anti)
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