Toronto rapper Drake is gearing up to release his sophomore album, Take Care, on November 15th, and recently the Young Money artist took some time out and spoke on the albums concept and the story behind the cover art.

Drake tells MTV that the album is a story, and he says the inspiration for the album came from his track “Houstonaltantavegas,” which appeared on his So Far Gone mixtape:

“It was a world that was very much real to me, but I created it in my mind. It was a world that, being a kid from Toronto, I used to look at from the outside and I used to be like, ‘Man that looks crazy. All those strip clubs and all those nightclubs and the drinks and the girls and the fame.”

Draks says he inserted himself into a scene in what would soon be a life-imitating-art scenario:

“I used to stare at this world through a glass window and, like, two to three years later, I become a king in that world.”

As Drizzly continued he explains the albums artwork:

“That’s who’s sitting on that album cover, that kid that’s just somehow gone from his mom’s basement in Toronto to becoming a king. That’s what that album cover is about and there is a lot of deep thought involved in that ’cause you can go crazy doing this.”

Drake adds:

“I’m immersed in that lifestyle, but I’m not gonna let it consume me though. That’s what the album is pretty much about, just staying sane, but maybe, maybe not really though. You have to listen to it.”

Watch Drake’s interview with MTV below: