Most rappers perform on stage alongside a hype man, from Jay-Z and Memphis Bleek to Busta Rhymes and Spliff Star.
But Drake — who is already unlike most MCs because he also sings during performances — worries about his background singers when he puts his shows more than who'll rap next to him.
Prior to a recent performance in Toronto, the hometown star decided during his rehearsal that his set would need more than just the band backing him.
"If I had a female voice," he says in an exclusive outtake from MTV's "Drake: Better Than Good Enough" documentary. "Someone else to go back and forth [with].
His keyboard player and musical confidant "D10" asks if Drake felt overwhelmed performing "Find Your Love" (which he also performed on "The Tonight Show" last night) onstage by himself.
"To do the whole thing with no accompaniment, no nothing, it's impossible," Drake responds. "No singer — if you look, Alicia Keys, [Beyoncé], doing songs like this, epic, big songs, they have like three singers in the background.
"I don't want it to be like, I'm singing parts and the track is coming through," he continues. "What if the track doesn't come through the right way? We need another voice. That's a phone call that needs to be made tonight. We just don't have the time, the days. We don't have much of anything. We have shows every day and then we're in Europe."
In the documentary, Drake talks about how important his live show is to him and the lengths he goes to perfect the production.
Last weekend, during the Much Music awards in Toronto, the rapper suffered through a technical snafu before pulling it together for a spirited version of "Over."
MTV followed Drake in the weeks leading up to the release of his new LP, Thank Me Later. The "Drake: Better Than Good Enough" documentary will re-air on MTV Thursday at 6 p.m., Friday at 4 p.m., Saturday at 12 p.m. and 9 p.m., and Sunday at 9 a.m.