MACY CALLS THE DOCTOR

The diva somehow finds the time to start work on the follow-up to 'On How Life Is'...

Macy Gray has drafted in rap superstar Dr Dre to work on her second album.

Gray, whose ‘On How Life Is’ debut was the surprise smash hit of 1999, has begun working on her as yet untitled follow-up, expected to be released in March 2001. Dre, who has produced NWA and Eminem, is rumoured to be contributing only one track to the album, though the possibility remains that he will work on more material.

As previously reported, Gray has been busy of late. She has written lyrics and sung on the track ‘Demons’, which appears on Fatboy Slim‘s new album ‘Halfway Between The Gutter And The Stars’, due for release on November 6. She is also one of numerous artists featured on the third volume of Gang Starr rapper Guru‘s Jazzmatazz project, due for release in October. On ‘Streetsoul: Jazzmatazz Volume 3’ she lines up alongside Kelis, Craig David, Isaac Hayes, Angie Stone, Erykah Badu, The Roots, Herbie Hancock and DJ Premier.

The gravel-throated soul singer has also been collaborating with her touring partners of this spring, the Black Eyed Peas, and will also appear on a forthcoming album from New York hip-hop radio DJ Funkmaster Flex.

Gray‘s love of hip-hop was confirmed following her headline date at London‘s Brixton Academy earlier this year, when she went to the capital’s monthly Scratch club night and freestyled on stage with members of Black Eyed Peas, Dilated Peoples and Souls Of Mischief.