Back in 2009, a group called N.A.S.A. put together an album called The Spirit of Apollo packed with guest stars. One of those songs featured a trio of big time guest stars in Kanye West, Lykke Li and Santogold.
“Gifted” was then “dubstepped” by Masuka in 2010 and became one of those remixes that surpassed the original edit. It also became a song that was in rotation for a couple years thereafter.
So who is N.A.S.A. and how were they able to get Kanye West and Santogold and Lykke Li to guest on a song?
N.A.S.A. is Sam “Squeak E. Clean” Spiegel (New York) and Ze “DJ Zegon” Gonzales’ (Brazil) and the acronym stands for “North America, South America”.
For Spirit of Apollo, the two well-known and well-connected producers/DJs weren’t just joined by West, ‘Gold, and Li, but the album was jampacked with more than 20 well-known stars.
Some of the guest stars include Tom Waits, David Byrne, M.I.A., Nick Zinner and Karen O of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Chuck D, Ghostface Killah, the RZA, Method Man, the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard, KRS-One, Kool Keith, E-40, John Frusciante, George Clinton, Del the Funky Homosapien, Nina Persson of The Cardigans, the Cool Kids, Seu Jorge, Gift of Gab, and Lovefoxxx of CSS.
You can download the Masuka remix of Gifted feat. N.A.S.A., Kanye West, Lykke Li, and Santogold.mp3 at Songily (right click/save link as).