Outkast’s Andre 3000 is among the producers No Doubt frontwoman Gwen Stefani has enlisted for her long-awaited debut solo album. In addition to producing tracks for set, Andre 3000 is also slated to make a guest appearance on the song “Long Way To Go.”
According to sources, the as-yet-untitled album is being eyed for a spring 2004 release via Interscope and may also include tracks with Missy Elliott. Stefani has already collaborated with her No Doubt bandmate Tony Kanal, as well as songwriter Linda Perry (Pink, Christina Aguilera) and producers Dallas Austin (TLC, Madonna) and Damon Elliott (Destiny’s Child).
“The song was actually going to go on [Outkast’s upcoming Arista set “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below”], but I didn’t feel like my audience was ready to hear this type of song,” Andre 3000 tells Billboard.com of “Long Way To Go.” “It’s a song about an interracial relationship and I thought Gwen Stefani would be a great person to do it with.”
As previously reported, Stefani revealed in April that she had begun initial forays into solo work. “I have been collaborating on some tracks on my own with different people,” she wrote on No Doubt’s official Web site. “I am not quite sure if it will become a full-blown solo project, singles for a soundtrack, or just songs.”
The news comes as Stefani’s husband, Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale, presses on with his own solo debut. As first reported here last week, Rossdale recently logged studio time in Los Angeles, recording three songs with former Helmet guitarist Page Hamilton (who also produced), bassist Cache Tolman (Rival Schools), drummer Charlie Walker (Chamberlain, New End Original) and guitarist Chris Traynor, who has played with both Bush and Helmet.