Is Drake The Next Marvin Gaye?

'I want to sing the world's triumphs and problems on one record,' Drake tells MTV News of Nothing was the Same.

With the official tracklist for Nothing was the Same revealing song titles like “Tuscan Leather” and “Pound Cake,” the world can’t wait to hear what Drake has in store on his third album. And since the Toronto rapper has “aspirations of being Marvin Gaye,” you’d better believe that this will be a memorable LP — and yes, there will be more singing.

After dropping Take Care, Drake relocated to Los Angeles, where he recorded a bulk of the new album and focused on stepping up his game. “The music that I’m making is more concise, more clear, and I’ve been able to get my thoughts a lot better on this album,” he told MTV News. “Take Care is a great album, but I listened to it and realized where I could do better and I think I’ve done better on this album.”

Drake’s most recent single, “Hold On We’re Going Home,” is a feel-good pop track that he refers to as his “wedding song,” and he’s warning critics early that there will be more melodic tracks on the album.

“My biggest thing is…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,” he said. “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 the people.

“I have aspirations to be Marvin Gaye in the back of my head,” he added. “So I just want to sing the world’s triumphs and problems on one record and hopefully Nothing was the Same [can be] the soundtrack to their life.”

Nothing was the Same hits stores on September 24.

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