Marvin Gaye

"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." (MTV News)

Michael Jackson

"It's me and 40 just channeling our Quincy Jones/Michael Jackson production duo...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." (MTV News)

Lil Wayne, Kanye West, and Jay-Z

“I didn’t have enough time to sort of shave it [Take Care] down and make it concise, which some of the best rap albums and albums period are those albums with 12-13 songs—Tha Carter III, the Graduations, the Black Albums, there are those records with 14 songs long that are straight and to the point and once you hit the end of the record, you have to bring it back.” (XXL)

Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “Niggas In Paris” Inspiring “Started From The Bottom”

“I was like, ‘How did I not think of that?’ – ‘Ball so hard, that shit cray!’ It was real rap shit, but it felt melodic; all the cadences felt so good.” (Rolling Stone)