Drake Channels Michael Jackson to Give Fans a New Marvin Gaye

The Toronto rapper has big ambitions for his third studio album.

By Jamilah King Sep 24, 2013

Tuesday is the official release date for Drake’s third full-length studio album, "Nothing Was the Same," and he’s got big ambitious for his new record. In an interview with Ryan Seacrest, the Toronto rapper talks about his process of making the new album and, specifically, his hit single, "Hold On, We’re Going Home."

At about the 12-minute mark in the interview, Drake says: "My motive was to give people in this generation something similar to a Marvin Gaye song, similar to those songs that are still around in 15 years and you say, ‘I remember that moment. I remember that song. I still dance to that song.’"

As he raps on his six-minute long intro, "Tuscan Leather," Drake’s on a mission to "change the culture." And while his recipe of mixing rap with R&B may not be new, it’s certainly proving to be wildly successful.