Drake Hoping To Never Release "A Straight Rap Album"

Drake aspires to become the next Marvin Gaye, says his music on "Nothing Was The Same" is more "concise" and "clear."

For fans of Canadian singer/rapper Drake, the Young Money artist expressed his openness to those who plan on being fans of his music for their entire life, but only if they’re open to the rapper’s many musical sides. As an artist who can be found both crooning and dropping bars on his projects, the Take Care creator doesn’t plan on changing that particular aspect of his artistry anytime soon.

While speaking with MTV News, Drake revealed that he’ll never release “a straight rap album” since he didn’t come into music solely as a Hip Hop artist. He also expressed his desire to become a modern-day Marvin Gaye.

“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, but just don’t ever be surprised like 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,” Drake revealed. “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. So, I just want to sing the world’s triumphs and problems on one record. And hopefully, Nothing Was The Same is like the soundtrack to their life.”

With close to two years between the release of Drake’s Take Care and the September 24 release of his upcoming album, Nothing Was The Same, the Young Money wordsmith says in that time he’s learned to make music that’s both “more concise” and “more clear.”

“I think the music that I’m making is more concise, more clear. I’ve been able to get my thoughts across a lot better on this album. Take Care is a great album, but I listen to it and realize where I could do better and I think I’ve done better on this album,” said Drake.

Set for release later this month, Nothing Was The Same will serve as Drake’s third studio album. The project will boast appearances from Jay Z, Lil Wayne, and Jhene Aiko.

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148 Comments

  • killah_casp

    hes never gunna be able to release a straight album evan if he raps through out the whole album because that would be a gay rap album not a straight rap album.

  • Anonymous

    "you can have money but what good is it if everyone thinks you're a soft bitchmade nigga" I agree. Common has faced a lot of obstacles over the years.

  • Young Guwop

    He never will because he makes pop tart moist music and not a true MC.

  • xx004

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pv7GZN_sPM

  • xx004

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4IN_QgrLxPM

  • Hacksaw

    Next Marvin Gaye??? Fuck outta here. "What's Goin' On?" is a classic and isn't mainstream garbage like this fools entire discography. I know that sounds haterish, but its facts

  • Ace

    Drake not singing on an album, would not be a drake album. It just who drake is and it your choice wether you support it or not.

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  • Rap Fan

    This is Drake's way of saying he wants to remain mainstream. He knows the formula he has will make him rich and famous. I truly think that because Drake was a nerd growing up he likes where he is. He likes all this attention and fame, if that means he needs to be some sort of sellout than so be it. Hell, I like when he raps but I think he knows his rap singing will make him more money and get him more fame. If everyone wants a pure Rap album just go and buy a Nas, Lupe or Kendrick Lamar album.

  • Kendrick Lamar

    if he aint gonna release a straight rap album , is he gonna release a gay rap album

  • TRA

    Wow I respect his honesty but I really wanted him to be one of hip hop's major competitors being that he's so good at being an MC and selecting beats, but I will still keep an ear open for him as a rapper I just hop one day he comes to his senses and focuses on the flow.

  • TRE

    "Drake looks like a thumb with eyebrows"

  • TRE

    the sad thing is Drake is actually a talented emcee but no one respects him because of shit like this

    • Anonymous

      Eminem didnt apologize for shit dumb ass...and u can not put Kendrickin the same lane with Drake and others

    • Anonymous

      So nobody respects him yet they all work with him? Tre, you sound uneducated. Not a good look in 2013, kid.

    • donnis mac

      People do respect him TRE but the fact remains, he's not a pure singer and not a great rapper. I can enjoy his music knowing that, can you people do the same?

    • Mmm

      He brought this bullshit on himself. How the fuck is anybody gonna take him seriously when he's signed to Young Money, sucks Wayne's dick too often, dumbs down his content, acts like a tough dude one minute then an ultra soft-ass innocent fruit the next, brags about bitches and materials like everybody else, acts like a cocky bastard and claims that "no one is fucking with him lyrically and that he's the next Marvin Gaye", etc? To be frank, he's actually a bit decent with rapping, and if he would've initially signed with GOOD Music or Roc-A-Fella in the beginning, or maybe even took the independent route while focusing on actually crafting his music and rapping skills instead of doing pop radio bullshit, then maybe he'd get more hip hop respect like newcomers such as J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar do. He needs to revert back to the So Far Gone days because nowadays he's literally so far gone. He's the very definition of a sellout. Then these fucking rappers like Big Sean wanna complain, bitch and moan about how nobody takes them seriously. You're a fucking joke, that's why. Sick of rappers such as Drake, Kendrick, Gunplay, Jay-Z, Big Sean, and countless others with their superiority complexes or short-man complexes. Sick of rappers like J. Cole and Eminem apologizing for their "offensive" lyrics and trying to be politically correct now. What happened to the fucking testicles? There is just too much bullshit that needs to be filtered out of the hip hop/rap genre.

  • Anonymous

    Ide rather be a rich and celebrated artist, than a broke mixtape rapper. You can have hot bars but whats the point if you dont make money.

    • Anonymous

      you can have money but what good is it if everyone thinks you're a soft bitchmade nigga from canada who no one really respects

  • d-nucks

    Drake never plans to release a "straight" rap album.....ony gay ones......ha ha ha ha....I made a funny!

  • No shit

    Never has and never will. He's not hip hop. He's a pop star with rap flavored songs.

  • Biaatch plz!

    yeah,like you could...

  • maddog

    I never expected a straight album from such a faggot!

  • magmatic123

    really hes no different from nelly bow wow and ll cool j he makes music for the audience that actually buy his albums women,teenagers and gays...real niggas and geeks just download.. so if you like strait artist buy there shit or you see them trying to crossover more often

  • Fannie T. Schmidt

    what Peter answered I am amazed that any one can get paid $9466 in four weeks on the computer. you could look here... www.Cafe44.com Meek Mill is signed to and co-signed by the correctional officer lying fraud William Roberts who has had 1 album go platinum once in his career. Brought us albums such as The Gifted and Dreams and Nightmares.

  • Anonymous

    has someone made a joke about a 'gay rap album yet?'

  • Anonymous

    He's embraced the fact that the general hip hop audience considers him soft. Not the pop audience. It's just a matter of finding out who is really buying your music.

  • Anonymous

    Nothing wrong with what he chooses to do but why is this news??.. Drake really gets too much hype. He would get smoked in a battle against any top MC and he's just another pop rapper in the same vein as Nelly, Ja Rule, and 50-Cent. Those types never last long.

  • xx009

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ExH5VU5iq9Q

  • Fuck Toronto

    That's right, he'll always release Gay Rap Albums.

  • xx009

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fo2EswS8o08

  • realhiphop

    Because Drake is not a Straight Rapper

  • So Icy Boi!

    Drake is a super talented artist and he is one of my best friends around. he is da next Marvin Gaye, 2Pac Shakur, Michael Jackson and Rakim at once. swag

  • xx009

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H28uibSLdfg

  • Anonymous

    GOAT...another epic album release.

  • Anonymous

    The reality is that once you strip the fame, bi-ethnicity, sales and money talk away, and have some type of knowledge of music to actually notice talent or not, you will be able to notice one thing: Drake can't sing. That's why he was marketed as a rapper in the first place. Yes he harmonizes, but he cannot hold a note, scat, change tones frequently. Go listen to Teddy Pendegrass, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Rick James, Al Green, D'Angelo, John Legend, Keith Sweat, Ne-yo, even Timberlake. Drake does nothing like that. Drake would be a 3rd wheel for The Temptations. Listen to how he's struggling to hit those high notes on 'Aston Martin Music'. He's not going to release a straight rap album (which means a Hip Hop album with rhymes, street (not club/dance) beats) is because his label ain't gonna allow it. Simple. His bars for albums with that music won't compare to Big Daddy Kane, Nas, Biggie, Cube, Ghostface, even Game. So his "lane" as of now is to play the grey area, borderline, stay neutral. Only ones who can't see this is his rabid fans. I could even see the females being emotionally attached, but you men? Females barely comment here and look at what you say.

    • donnis mac

      I appreciate the feedback people. @ snonymous #3 You can't play a piano good enough for the Philharmonic. Either you are a pianist, or you're not. Just because you can twerk doesn't mean you can put on tap dance shoes and say you're the next Savion Glover. Look at the features he's done. Is he singing with a singer? Or is he harmonizing some words in his RAP? And I mean a feature like a la Micheal Jackson & Paul McCartney, Teddy Pendegrass & Stephanie Mills, a 'Secret Garden' song with his singing peers. Look at the ad, to the right right. Erick Sermon used to try to sing and rap too.

    • Anonymous

      @Anonymous 3 No, he can't.

    • Anonymous

      Well put, big dawg.

    • Anonymous

      he can sing good enough fuck boi

    • Anonymous

      I Could Not Agree More

  • Bulletproof Wallets

    How could a faggot release a straight album?

  • Anonymous

    It's good that doesn't want to be put into a box, he's a super talented guy and shouldn't restrict himself

  • Jet Lifer

    LET ME MAKE ONE THING CLEAR; HE CAN'T FUCKING SING. I SUGGEST YALL LISTEN TO AL GREEN, DAVID RUFFIN, MARVIN GAYE, BOBBY WOMMACK, MAXWELL, D'ANGELO; basically listen to late 60's-70's soul/r&b, as well as most of the 90's r&b/neo soul for the definition of what a singer is. DRAKE KNOWS HOW TO CARRY A NOTE. LETS SEE HIM SING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM...

    • Anonymous

      Still wrong, bitch.

    • drizzy!

      @anonymous: He's won the BMI songwriter of the year award, the Juno songwriter of the year and the Hal David songwriter of the year award. Look it up. I don't need to lie to prove Drake's greatness as an artist. His track record speaks for itself.

    • Anonymous

      @ drizzy Wrong again.

    • drizzy!

      What the hell? Drake has won awards for song writing. That includes his songs and songs he's written for other people.

    • agreead

      yeah, hes not a good singer and SURPRISE he doesnt make his beats or music and doesnt write alot of his lyrivcs as well. Soooooo where is his talent???? he gets featured over good music sometimes just for the sake of making money because for some reason there are so many stupid people out there who will buy it.....so best case scenario he has a good ear for beats maybe but that doesnt make you a musician or artist at all.

    • drizzy!

      He's obviously not as good a vocalist as Al Green or Marvin Gaye, but like Al and Marvin I like Drake's music. Drake makes great music.

  • This statement means

    I will continue making watered down rap music and watered down r&b with no soul.

  • Anonymous

    "Marvin Gaye will forever live on through his music" Forever has an expiration date. Drake and Robin Thicke represent today, so they can toute themselves any way they want because whose going to stop them?

    • Anonymous

      Forever never has an expiration date. Who'll be listening to Drake & Robin Thicke 10-20 years from now? They won't be successful forever. Their music is forgettable. And, no, they can't toute themselves anyway they want at all. Who'll stop them? The labels can.

  • Jet Lifer

    First off I want to state that Drake is a fairly decent rapper, who has mastered the whole radio rap, but if he is aiming to become this generation's Marvin Gaye he has A LONG WAY TO GO. Before all of you DRAKE STANS START CALLING ME A HATER AMONG OTHER THINGS YALL NEED TO LISTEN TO MARVIN GAYE'S ALBUMS WHAT'S GOING ON, LETS GET IT ON, AND I WANT YOU. MARVIN GAYE IS A SOUL LEGEND FOR ALL OF YOU STANS WHO STILL DON'T GET THE POINT. P.S DRAKE DOES NOT RUN RAP; HE HAS A LEGITIMATE STAKE IN MAINSTREM RADIO; BY NO WAY IS HE A GOAT IN ANY MUSICAL CATEGORY; PERHAPS MAYBE POP LMAO. Also if you don't know how to debate w/o using derogatory terms kick rocks....

  • sxxx9

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pC1YuWwgKP4

  • sxxx9

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWvSwaC4Kg8

  • bswag

    Drake Hoping To Never Release "A Straight Rap Album" LMAO ..Gay rap pays It is what it is

  • Youngindy21

    I like Drake's music. Drake makes really good sounding music. You can hate on him all you want but he's putting out the best music out of all these new school rappers. No Drake is not a thug but he doesn't pretend to be either. I don't know why some of you think that because he is part black that he has to be hard or a thug. Not all music has to be about selling dope and taking molly. Straight Rap albums tend to get boring after a while that's why you are seeing a lot of rappers/singers starting to do both like J. Cole, Kid Cudi, Chris Brown, Kanye West, Wiz Khalifa, Childish Gambino, Future, B.o.B, etc. If Drake continues to do both then he is gonna appeal to a much larger audience than a straight rap album would and therefore he will make more money.

    • Anonymous

      Once is read your nonsense about the part black I knew your opinion couldn't be taken seriously. You need some serious lessons about the history of Hip Hop because rappers have been singing & rapping for decades. "Just A Friend"-Biz Markie ^ rapping & singing song on a straight rap album and I can name plenty more with CLASSIC songs. You young kids really need to knock it off, like these new rappers you named are doing something new because it ain't. Fvcking Deborah Harry has a bigger song rapping & singing than Drake's whole catalog. This music didn't just start when you learned about it so go learn the HISTORY before you type stupid comments like the one above me.

  • Anonymous

    That's a good thing to say since nobody ever thought he could ever do a straight up rap album. That's like when wack rappers tell you "I'm not a rapper, I'm a hustla", a statement that tells everything, at least Drake has other talents, I just never considered him to be hiphop or rap for that matter, just a diverse entertainer.

  • So Icy Boi!

    I'm a real life friend of Drake and I can confirm he is a straight nigga. when Jay-Z tried to kiss him in da studio sessions of deir collab... Jigga tried to kiss Drizzy on da mouth den Jimmy punched camelface... and Gay-Z cried in da corner saying "Sorry drizzy IM Just alone" swag

  • JASONNNs

    http://i277.photobucket.com/albums/kk49/sammykaye5/jasoninthewater.jpg

  • Lawless_1

    Drake Hoping To Never Release "A Straight Rap Album" As opposed to the gay shit he released in the past?

    • ^

      This delusional ass nigga needs to get laid if he has time to write these BS comments.

    • Irony

      "The two guys above me are huge faggots." If we two are huge faggots, then you are indeed the Justin Bieber of this shit. Congrats, Justine. Catch AIDS and log off your computer you fucking queer-eyed sodomite. You stan artists and argue with trolls like dentaldamboy every week who laugh at your retarded wigger ass. You are a hypocrite and you don't have the intellectual capacity to stop responding to trolls, debate, or properly step to me. Many times I see you in the HHDX comment section and feel like bitch-slapping your pasty face across the computer screen. You are a pathetic hip hop stan who takes things too seriously. When I look up the word "faggot" in the newest edition of the dictionary, you appear under that very word Anonymous. Hip hop stans like you and many others on here make authentic hip hop fans look bad and prone to weakness. You stay butthurt from the truth you idiot fucktard, and you will get exposed soon you immature fuckboy nuisance. Come on, tell me to "fuck off you fucking idiot", tell me to "kill yourself for the bullshit you said", say I'm "wrong bitch", say "haha good joke", say "cool story bro", use your tired-ass mundane one-liners and insults to make up of your sorry existence, try to brush of your permanent massive Ls, come on, throw a stupid ass insult so I can snicker at you even more, you motherfucking simpleton-ass tool. Wake the fuck up or shut the fuck up.

    • ^

      The two guys above me are huge faggots.

    • Anonymous

      Yea I may a stan but at least I have my pride you fucking faggot, I'M NOT GAY BRO, I'M NOT GAY

    • Irony

      "Yep. You're a major stan." Says the dickloving Kendrick/Eminem stan who argues with trolls all day when they shit on your fave artists. GTFOH you annoying self-hating pot.

    • ^

      Yep. You're a major stan.

    • Anonymous

      I don't want to hear you say anything except Drake's far smarter than I'll ever be and he is one of my leaders. This doesn't apply to me because I'm smarter than Drake.

    • ^

      No, dickrider. You're wrong about everything.

    • Anonymous

      yo be realistic, Drake's far more talented than you are, being that that's the case anything less than "he's great" from you or anyone one else less talented than him is a front

  • jj

    This nigga is gay & fuck YMCMB

  • good

    good because you are a rnb singer

  • sxxx9

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QI-KjVLS6Uk

  • Drake Runs Music

    Hating on me bitch? ALl I do is offer opinion and you gun me down. Just talking about Drake's dick makes you gay yourself. BTW, no I never tasted his dick.

  • Fo Real

    At least he knows he's not all rap. He just pisses me off how he thinks he's a thug but clearly isn't. And on one song saying other rappers are "soap opera rappers". Look dude, if anyone's a soap opera rapper its you

  • sxxx4

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6W1tG-m4NSU

  • Anonymous

    More rappers should have the same attitude as him.

  • KingMidas

    I love my people but I can't stand them sometimes. Drake is only making music he loves to make and he is called a homosexual and soft guy. I don't get it at all! The dude has a grammy and platinum plaques out the ass and will get many more. Yall don't have any nor the millions of money or fans he has. Fucking idiots and haters! Like grandma said, "if you don't have anything good to say, don't say nothing at all!" Keep doing you Drizzy!

    • Anonymous

      Everything KingMidas and Anonymous 2 say are lies.

    • Anonymous

      KingMidas & anonymous#2's commentary is highly flawed because you are reading comments from a predominate white audience here on HHDX. You think because you read someone type nigga on the internet that they are black? Shame on you.

    • Anonymous

      You, sir, are a beacon of light. You've definitely hit the nail on the head. African Americans never seem to want to uplift their communities or support their artists because they feel they should follow some type of stereotypical thug life image. What people don't seem to get is that Drake is staying in a lane that works for him, and since he doesn't, he's labeled as a gay or a faggot. AA's are probably the most hyper-masculine and judgmental race on the planet and this article's comments are proof positive of that.

    • Anonymous

      how does this dick taste???

  • Anonymous

    he's gay because he sings? What kinda fucked up homophobic bullshit is that? So many of you haters are fucking ass backwards and retarded.

    • Damn If You Think About It

      All rappers are gay or at least bi now. There's no hiding the gayness anymore. Kendrick Lamar sings like a San Fran Bay Gay, 50 Cent sings like Gangstalicious, Lil Wayne uses his DSL for autotune deep-throated singing, Big Sean sings like Little Richard, Ja Rule used to sing like a hood thug preacher, Drake is fucking with Drake Bell, etc. The faggotry will never die. Let the bullshit go on.

    • tha OG

      Nigga you & Drake is gay!!

  • One

    I can't believe this shit is news. Next Marvin Gaye, my ass. he couldn't be keith sweat if he wanted to be.

  • NA SON

    He can't make a straight album period. He's a homo thug that wants to sing all the time

  • Anonymous

    who ever wrote that headline shoulda know its just asking ppl to post gay jokes about drake. this is just too easy ok drake we get it you are gay, thats fine. just admit it and move on. ...faggot

  • ok

    Headline should be Drake is hoping to be Gay throughout his career.

  • fuck drake

    that ain't no surprise given that he's one of the biggest FAGS in the music industry (in general). this nigga clutches his teddy bears & more than likely wears hello kitty pajamas. this is why mainstream hip-hop is dead...fuckin phony queers like this make me sick to my stomach. i bet he wouldnt know what a straight rap album even sounds like

  • YESSIR

    DRAKE > KENDRICK LISTEN TO F N PROBLEMS

  • Gaingreen

    Its not the fact of will he make a whole rap ablum. I dont think he could make a whole rap album.

  • drake runs rap

    drake is so multitalented he can sing better than most rap better than all the rappers. He can sing dope hooks he has it all he is the total package of making music. Whether you haters can admit it or not the accomplishments drake has aquired over a short period of time proves he has trmendous talent. DRAKE HATERS ARE VIRGINS WITH NO HOPES OF GETTING PUSSY AND SUPPORT WASHED UP OR IRRELEVENT RAPPERS. DRAKE FANS LIVE HAPPY LIVES SUPPORT YOLO GET PUSSY HAVE FUN WHICH IS WHAT YOU INTERNET NERDS ARE JEALOUS OF

  • Anonymous

    #MadeMarvinGayProud

  • Anonymous

    thats cool but hes cds better be found in the r&b section fuck the fake fuck drake

  • Anonymous

    As gay as he is.. A straight album is nothing he could ever compose ya dig?

  • chris

    i hope he never releases another album ever again he sucks on so many levels his profession should be considered a blowjob...go back to acting you crap assed douchebag and insult to rap, hip hop, and even r & b...NO ONE WITH BRAINS LIKES DRAKES

    • drizzy!

      There are doctors & scientists who listen to the Black Eyed Peas and Pitbull. I don't think there is a one to one correspondence with intelligence and what people listen to. You sound like an idiot. A lot of smart people, myself included, listen to Drake.

  • Cadda

    He's nothing like Marvin Gaye... But good call at not making a straight rap album, that's not what he's best at.

  • Anonymous

    This fuckin corny half breed! Shit, the BEST R&B singers have tried to be or emulate Marvin and have failed! WTF is wrong with these R&B singers these days? Shit!

  • Anonymous

    who made this headline? a strait rap album? and then had the audacity to put Marvin gay in the next sentence... people will do anything

  • ballsdeepinyobitch

    drake is as straight as a circle

  • planbcirca

    No more aspiring to be gay Drake, you made it

  • Anonymous

    Well,,, (jerry seinfield voice) what will it be?, a gay rap album, lololol

  • Drake Runs Music

    He's not only the next tupac but also the next Michael Jackson, jimi Hendrix, garth brooks, and marvin gayes.

  • drizzy!

    Drake is the realest nigga in the game.

  • asdf

    he will never be near marvin gaye im sorry. get real man, foh with that bullshit

    • drizzy!

      Drake has already made some timeless music. I'll admit Thank Me Later was pretty weak and very label influenced. Comeback Season, So Far Gone and Take Care are albums that you can always go back and listen to. Has he made "What's Going On?" yet? No. Most musicians haven't made a completely flawless record like that. But Drake has some smooth records that you can always go back and listen to.

    • ^

      No, dude. Marvin Gaye will forever live on through his music. Drake and Robin Thicke doesn't have what it takes to be as good as and better than Marvin.

    • Anonymous

      Marvin Gaye is dead, so people should really move on and if Drake or Robin Thicke have aspirations to be like or better than he was, then more power to them.

  • FLAKE

    Haha homo thug, he is out of his mind if he thinks he can ever match the legacy of that man

  • Anonymous

    ja rules new cover graphically destroys these covers.

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