Yesterday Drake released his new single “Hold On We’re Going Home” to mixed reactions and today he finds himself on the cover of XXL‘s special 150th issue. In the cover story he talks about his new album Nothing Was The Same, his image, success and more.  The issue hits newsstands August 20th. NWTS drops September 17th.

Below see an interview with MTV where Drizzy discusses his new single, and how the record came about.

It’s me and 40 just channeling our Quincy Jones/Michael Jackson production duo. Obviously no offense to the greats, I know we’re not anywhere near that — it’s just us kinda doing our thing, humbly attempting.”

It’s not a rap record. It’s not “Versace,” it’s not “Started From the Bottom.” In approaching this album I was like man, it would be great if we had a record that was played at weddings in 10 years or that people that are away from their families in the army could listen to. Something that just [has] timeless writing, timeless melody. So I did it with the group that we signed to OVO called Majid Jordan.

Majid is singing on the record with me and Jordan is his production partner. It’s a great record. I’m nervous and excited and all these things about it. I’ve never really put out a record like this before, so we’ll see how it goes.