Rap-Up TV: Robin Thicke Preps New Album, Discovers Janelle Monáe

Robin Thicke has been busy enjoying family time with his wife Paula Patton and their 15-month-old son Julian. But the new dad has also been quietly recording his fifth album, due in late 2011/early 2012. “You get to that point where you hate it and then you love it. It’s just like any important relationship in your life,” Robin told Rap-Up TV at the launch of Pharrell’s Qream liqueur.

He’s also hoping his Star Trak boss will add his platinum touch before it arrives. “He’s heard the album so he wants to get something on there,” he said of Skateboard P.

During his time away from the spotlight, the smooth operator discovered Janelle Monáe. “I just got into Janelle Monáe. I had no idea. I heard a lot about her, but I actually just started listening to her myself and really enjoying her music,” he shared.

And while he wishes his son will become the next Kobe Bryant, he will be happy if he follows in his father’s footsteps. “Dwyane Wade, LeBron, any of that would be wonderful. But if not, I’ll take Marvin Gaye,” he joked, adding that his musical talents are already rubbing off. “He’s dancing, he’s singing, he’s kicking. He wants to go in the studio every day and put the headphones on. He loves it.”