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N.A.S.A . performing at Coachella, 2009
|Genres||Alternative hip hop, indie hip-hop, underground hip-hop, experimental hip hop, electronica, funk, indie rock|
|Members||Sam Spiegel, Ze Gonzales|
N.A.S.A. is a hip hop music DJ, consisting of L.A.-based producer Sam Spiegel and Ze Gonzales. N.A.S.A. stands for North America/South America and, in addition to the two principals, includes approximately three dozen other artists from both coasts of the U.S. and abroad.
In April 2003, Sam and Ze met at a friend's studio and began making music together the following day.
At first they sampled rare Brazilian records from the 1960s and 1970s to make tracks. However, what started as two crate diggers making music for the fun of it soon developed into making a record with all of their favorite musicians.
Sam and Ze's idea was to bring people from different worlds together through their shared inspiration and love of music. Thus N.A.S.A. was born, with unlikely collaborations like Ol' Dirty Bastard, Karen O, and Fatlip on one track, George Clinton and Chali 2na on another, as well as Tom Waits and Kool Keith on yet another.