Rapper Drake has been influential one way or another in entertainment since his days as “Wheelchair Jimmy” on Degrassi. Well, now we know where he’s trying to take this career: Drake wants to be the next Marvin Gaye. True story.
In an interview with MTV News, he discussed his new album Nothing Was The Same. He makes it clear that this album won’t be like his previous albums or mixtapes and when speaking og his high aspirations, he said:
“I have aspirations to be Marvin Gaye in the back of my head. 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.”
In the words of Drizzy, we all got dreams and we all star reaching.
But if you’ve followed Drake, he’s always been a guy who raps and rap-sings about subjects that make him a bit emotional. He says that with his new album, his music is more clear and concise, allowing for him to get his thoughts out better. Drake wants people to understand that he does music for the people and not for peoples’ idea of what a rapper should be:
“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. 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 can’t really be mad at what he’s trying to do in his music and if you’ve given “Hold On We’re Going Home” a good listen, it sounds like he’s been taking some singing lessons. So if he wants to effect change through his music, I can rock with that. Music, at its very best, resonates in people and makes them feel something.
But is Drake the next Marvin Gaye? Yeah, that might be a stretch.
What do you think about this?