The Spirit of Apollo

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The Spirit of Apollo
Studio album by N.A.S.A.
Released February 17, 2009 (U.S.)
Recorded 2004-2009
Genre Brazilian funk, hip hop, electronica, rock
Length 76:01
Label ANTI-
Producer N.A.S.A.
N.A.S.A. chronology
The Spirit of Apollo
Singles from The Spirit of Apollo
  1. "Hip Hop"
    Released: January 28, 2009
  2. "The People Tree"
    Released: February 23, 2009
  3. "Way Down"
    Released: March 11, 2009
  4. "Gifted"
    Released: March 27, 2009
  5. "Spacious Thoughts"
    Released: November 19, 2009
  6. "Strange Enough"
    Released: July 15, 2010
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]
The A.V. Club (B+) [2]
Blender 2.5/5 stars [3]
The Guardian 3/5 stars [4]
Los Angeles Times 2.5/5 stars [5]
Pitchfork Media (1.6/10) [6]
The Phoenix 3/4 stars [7]
PopMatters 6/10 stars [8]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars [9]
URB Magazine 4.5/5 stars [10]

The Spirit of Apollo is the debut album by indie hip hop duo N.A.S.A.. Showcasing styles including Brazilian funk, hip hop, new waver electronica and rock, the 18-track album was released February 17, 2009 following five years of work. Released on Anti-Records, the list of collaborations includes David Byrne and Chuck D ("Money"); M.I.A. with Santigold and Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs ("Whachadoin?"); and Kanye West and Lykke Li ("Gifted"). Ol' Dirty Bastard makes a posthumous appearance along with other Wu-Tang Clan members RZA, Method Man and Ghostface Killah. John Frusciante (former guitarist of the Red Hot Chili Peppers) and Tom Waits also appear.

N.A.S.A. recruited a number of high-profile street artists for the album's release. The album features interchangeable cover art by Sage Vaughan, Shepard Fairey, Mark Gonzales, Marcel Dzama, and The Date Farmers, and animated videos for the first two singles feature work by Shepard Fairey and Splunny.

The final track, "N.A.S.A. Anthem", was featured on the official NASA Glenn Research Center web site as "NASA Anthem".[11]

Track list[edit]

  1. "Intro"
  2. "The People Tree" (featuring David Byrne, Chali 2na, Gift of Gab & Z-Trip)
  3. "Money" (featuring David Byrne, Chuck D, Ras Congo, Seu Jorge & Z-Trip)
  4. "N.A.S.A. Music" (featuring Method Man, E-40 & DJ Swamp)
  5. "Way Down" (featuring RZA, Barbie Hatch & John Frusciante)
  6. "Hip Hop" (featuring KRS-One, Fatlip & Slim Kid Tre)
  7. "Four Rooms, Earth View"
  8. "Strange Enough" (featuring Karen O, Ol' Dirty Bastard & Fatlip)
  9. "Spacious Thoughts" (featuring Tom Waits & Kool Keith)
  10. "Gifted" (featuring Kanye West, Santigold & Lykke Li)
  11. "A Volta" (featuring Sizzla, Amanda Blank & Lovefoxxx)
  12. "There's a Party" (featuring George Clinton & Chali 2na)
  13. "Whachadoin?" (featuring Spank Rock, M.I.A., Santigold & Nick Zinner)
  14. "O Pato" (featuring Kool Kojak & DJ Babão)
  15. "Samba Soul" (featuring Del tha Funkee Homosapien & DJ Qbert)
  16. "The Mayor" (featuring The Cool Kids, Ghostface Killah, Scarface & DJ AM)
  17. "N.A.S.A. Anthem" (at 7:20 there is a skit lasting about 4 seconds. Then at 10:26 there's a ghost track called "Electric Flowers" featuring Nina Persson from The Cardigans & RZA)