Jay-Z is one of the "most special people" in the music industry.

Canadian rapper Drake says he is indebted to the hip hop legend - who he worked with on upcoming track 'Off That' - and will never forget how he helped launch his music career.

He explained: "Jay has been one of the most special people to me in this game. I don't think I'll ever forget the nights me and Jay had in the studio, and the things he'll tell me and just the way he embraced me. It's one of the best feelings in my life.

"To have that man in my life and to be able to interact with him and talk to him and, best of all, work with him - there's not a real sentence I can say to describe it."

The 23-year-old MC - real name Aubrey Drake Graham - is so in awe of the music mogul he even wants to be him

He explained: "Jay is one of those guys that you can say, 'I look up to this guy,' or 'I like this guy's music.' I wanted to be Jay. That's what they say about the best artists. To be a great rapper, men gotta wanna be you and women gotta wanna ... you know. I wanna be myself, but for me to say, 'If I couldn't be me, I wanted to be that man' - that's huge."

The musician is now hopeful of a future collaboration with Jay-Z after their duet - which will appear on the highly-anticipated 'Blueprint 3' LP - received rave reviews when it was leaked onto the internet recently.

He added to MTV Mixtape: "We got to work a couple nights, actually. We did a few joints and from what I hear we're going back in to try and get some more stuff done.

"Hopefully Jay and Drake are as powerful as Drake and Wayne. I hope people see that union and it comes up more than once in the future."