Drake Says he Has “Aspirations to be Marvin Gaye” and Will Never Make a Straight Up Rap Album

If you’re expecting Drake to make a rap-only album, you probably didn’t hear “Hold On, We’re Going Home.” If that’s the case and you’re clinging on to the notion that Nothing Was The Same is full of straightforward rap and none of the singing, get ready to have your dreams crushed—it’s not going to happen.

In a short interview with MTV, at a table with a glass of wine, a candle, and a flower, Drake explains:

If you wanna listen to Drake music for the rest of your life—I welcome it, I want you to listen to it, I want you to be a part of it—just don’t ever be surprised when I’m singing or using melody. I’m doing that on this album. This album is not some straight rap album, I’ll never do a straight rap album. That’s not how I came into this and that’s never what I’ll do. I make songs for people. I have aspirations to be Marvin Gaye in the back of my head.