*For the promotional video for the 2010 MTV VMAs, Drake left his sneaks, stylish jackets, and jeans at home. Instead, he threw on a suave suit.

The video starts with the rapper in the dressing room preparing for a live performance. It then follows him arriving at the venue in style, dodging the paparazzi, on his way backstage, then making a dramatic entrance under the bright light and finally grabbing the mic.

“I get to channel my inner [Frank] Sinatra,” he said. “In the acting world, you gotta have reference points. I like to get into characters.” Also, he looks Denzel Washington for inspiration. ” ‘Mo’ Better Blues’ is like one of my favorite movies of all time. This reminds me of Denzel, who played a character [called] Bleek Gilliam,” he shared. “I’m trying to channel that today.”

The VMAs will air from Nokia Theater in lovely Los Angeles on Sept. 12 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Other guests and presenters include: Nicki Minaj, Selena Gomez, Emma Stone, Ne-Yo, Penn Badgley, Trey Songz, Ke$ha, Ashley Greene, and several others.

Check out the video: