The R&B/soul singer-songwriter is more than cool with Drizzy's mention of him.
Last night, Drake dropped a new single from his upcoming album Nothing Was The Same, that being "All Me", featuring 2 Chainz and Big Sean and produced by Key Wane. During his first verse, the Toronto emcee describes himself as the "light-skinned Keith Sweat". For anyone unfamiliar, Sweat is a celebrated Harlemite R&B and soul singer-songwriter, radio personality, record producer and pioneer of the New Jack Swing.
Today, Complex decided to phone Sweat directly and inquire about his reaction to the lyric. Needless to say, he was cool with it.
What did you think about Drake calling himself the "light-skinned Keith Sweat?"
"Out of all the R&B artists that have come out, I think my name has been used most in hip-hop songs. It’s real flattering to know that someone who is on the top of their game will still acknowledge my music and what I’ve done. I’m a big fan of hip-hop anyway, I’m most definitely a fan of Drake, he’s at the top of his game, you can’t be mad at him. His music is melodic as well as edgy."
Are you a big fan of his?
"It’s real flattering for someone to be on the top of their game and pay homage and acknowledge who I am and what I’ve done in music and what I’ve done in my career. For him to say ‘I’m the light skinned Keith Sweat, I’mma make it last forever,’ that means I’m still relevant. He’s keeping me relevant."
Maybe we can expect a collab in the future…
"I only met him one time in New York, we crossed paths and he acknowledged me and I acknowledged him, I told him I was a big fan. Hopefully one day, him and I could do something, I could do a hook. I could do a cameo in the video, that would be hot."