Before becoming a Harajuku Girl and branching off from her group No Doubt, singer Gwen Stefani always had a special place in hip-hop’s heart. Her catalog is decorated with rap collaborations, from her two-time collaborator Eve to Pharrell and even the elusive Andre 3000.
Revisit her best hip-hop duets as a solo act below.
“Asking 4 It” feat. Fetty Wap
Stefani admits to being a hot mess but cautions her potential man, “Are you sure you wanna love me?” on the Fetty Wap-assisted “Asking 4 It” off her third solo album This Is What the Truth Feels Like, released in March. Wap adds his melodic touch to the track, co-produced by Danny D, Tim Blacksmith and StarGate.
“Luxurious” feat. Slim Thug
Working so hard every night and day, Stefani decided to lay back with this 2005 Isley Brothers-sampling number, fit for champagne popping and cash loving. Houston rhymer Slim Thug adds a syrup-y sixteen about the good life.
“Rich Girl” feat. Eve
In their second collaboration, Stefani and Eve link up on the 2005 dance track, an homage to dancehall duo Louchie Lou and Michie One’s 1991 classic. The sea-themed visual also finds the pair rocking a ship in pirate-chic attire.
“Long Way to Go” feat Andre 3000
On Stefani’s 2004 set Love. Angel. Music. Baby, she recruited OutKast’s Andre 3000 for the futuristic soul cut “Long Way to Go,” where they rhyme “It’s beyond Martin Luther” with “upgrade computer,” a biracial love song.
Snoop Dogg, “Run Away”
Snoop Dogg lit up his 2015 LP Bush with the funky getaway gem “Run Away” featuring the No Doubt songstress and produced by frequent Snoop and Stefani collaborator Pharrell Williams.
“The Sweet Escape” feat. Akon
The title track off her 2006 effort, Stefani recruits Akon for the pop tune, trying to turn a low point into a liberating high. The video also features Stefani breaking out of a luxurious, golden prison and cruising around with Akon, who sings on the refrain: “I want to get away, get away to our sweet escape.”
Pharrell, “Can I Have It Like That”
The opener to Pharrell’s 2006 solo debut In My Mind, “Can I Have It Like That” was dripping in swagu with Stefani simply saying, “You got it like that.”
Eve, “Let Me Blow Ya Mind”
The creme de la creme of Gwen Stefani hip-hop mashes, “Let Me Blow Ya Mind” was equal parts girl power and rock-star slayage. Ruff Ryders first lady Eve’s gritty bars over the Scott Storch and Dr. Dre-produced cut — a single from Eve’s 2001 Scorpion album — made a sweet street symphony paired with Stefani’s earworm of a hook.