From North America to South America, kid…

If music sites are a daily view, chances are you’ve seen the above picture.  And if not, it’s the six year project of Spike Jonze‘s brother, Squeak E. Clean – a producer who’s done a thing or two, and DJ Zegnon – who is outta São Paulo, Brazil.  They call themselves N.A.S.A. (North America/South America)  So, right?  Well, this could be the collaboration project of collaboration projects.  An international Gorillaz like project, perhaps.  It’s not a question of who’s on their upcoming LP The Spirit of Apollo, but more like, who isn’t on this potential success story – or train wreck ready to happen.  Squeak E’s idea was, “…the craziest combination of people and put them together on one track.”  The madness begins after the jump…

Spirit of Apollo Tracklist:

1. Intro
2. The People Tree (feat. David Byrne, Chali 2na, Gift Of Gab & Z-Trip)
3. Money (feat. David Byrne, Chuck D, Ras Congo, Seu Jorge & Z-Trip)
4. N.A.S.A. Music (feat. Method Man, E-40 & DJ Swamp)
5. Way Down (feat. RZA, Barbie Hatch & John Frusciante)
6. Hip Hop (feat. KRS-One, Fatlip & Slim Kid Tre)
7. Four Rooms, Earth View
8. Strange Enough (feat. Karen O, Ol¿ Dirty Bastard & Fatlip)
9. Spacious Thoughts (feat. Tom Waits & Kool Keith)
10. Gifted (feat. Kanye West, Santogold & Lykke Li)
11. A Volta (feat. Sizzla, Amanda Blank & Lovefoxxx)
12. There’s A Party (feat. George Clinton & Chali 2na)
13. Whachadoin? (feat. Spank Rock, M.I.A., Santogold & Nick Zinner)
14. O Pato (feat. Kool Kojak & DJ Babão)
15. Samba Soul (feat. Del Tha Funkee Homosapien & DJ Qbert)
16. The Mayor (feat. The Cool Kids, Ghostface Killah, Scarface & DJ AM)
17. N.A.S.A. Anthem

It’s been awhile, but when I used to consistently acquire hip-hop LPs, I would quickly flip the CD over to seek out the tracks with the guest spots from random MCs.  There was a time when I held those collaboration numbers as a legitimate reason to own a 74 minute album; tracks with a guest spot or two would be on repeat.  And with this above project, one has to wonder how a single song with David Byrne, Chuck D, Ras Congo, Seu Jorge & Z-Trip could potentially sound.  For an idea of what went into this guest spot galore LP, check the trailer to the forthcoming documentary about the collaboration process.  It piqued my interest.  And for an idea, check their MySpace, or take a listen to “Samba Soul” – featuring D.E.L. and DJ QBert.


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