Drake may not be able to spit out a rap verse on command, but the Canadian rapper says that when the R&B side of him comes out, he is more like Jay-Z and Lil Wayne.

In an interview in the February/March issue of Complex magazine, Drake reflects on his studio time with R&B superstar Alicia Keys, and how with R&B the words just flow out of him, whereas with rap he has to put in effort.

“The way Jay and Wayne write rap, I write R&B,” explained the Young Money artist. 

“I don’t write lyrics down on paper. The other day, I was in the studio with Alicia Keys, and I wrote two songs just speaking to her. I wish I could write that way for rap. With my rap songs, there’s so much of me I have to give that I don’t know if I could ever just flow.”

Having to write down his rap lyrics hasn’t hurt his ego any though. Drake says he feels he holds his own on tracks with his heroes.

“Thing is, I’m a great rapper. There’s two elements to rap: Having the thoughts, and then being a great rapper. I can really rap the sh*t that I write. My tone, my inflection. When I listen to myself on records, I don’t feel like I don’t belong there. When I listen to Forever, with three of my heroes [Eminem, Kanye West, and Lil Wayne], I fit right in.”

Drake is still hard at work on his upcoming debut album, Thank Me Later, which is scheduled to be released in March.