Keith Sweat Says Drake's "All Me" Keeps His Name "Relevant"
Keith Sweat also says "it's real flattering to know" Drake "will still acknowledge" his work and that the reference is keeping him "relevant."
Keith Sweat recently said he hopes to work with Drake, who referenced the singer in a verse from his latest selection, "All Me."
"Out of all the R&B artists that have come out, I think my name has been used the most in Hip Hop songs," Sweat told Complex. "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."
"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," Sweat said. "For him to say ‘I’m the light skinned Keith Sweat, I’ma make it last forever,’ that means I’m still relevant. He’s keeping me relevant."
While Sweat has only met Drake once, he hopes the two can work together in the future.
"I only met him one time in New York," Sweat said. "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."
On "All Me," Drake says he is the "light-skinned" version of Keith Sweat. "I swear y'all just wasting y'all breath," he says on the song. "I’m the light-skinned Keith Sweat. I'ma make it last forever."
On the song, Drake was referencing Sweat's 1987 album, Make It Last Forever. The album also featured the single, "Make It Last Forever." In the interview, Sweat also said he has a book out by the same title. "I'm syndicated on the radio—my show is called 'The Sweat Hotel.' I've also got a dating site, True Love Meets.com. I've never done online dating but first of all, I have a book out called Make It Last Forever: The Do's and The Dont's, which led me to do the online dating thing. A lot of people respect my relationship songs so they can pretty much trust me."
Keith Sweat worked with LL Cool J, Jermaine Dupri and N.O.R.E.