Early this morning, Drake dropped his latest song, "All Me" which features Big Sean and 2 Chainz. On the song, Drake calls himself "the light-skinned Keith Sweat." In case you didn't know, Keith Sweat is an R&B legend, a pioneer of New Jack Swing, and responsible for hits like "Nobody" and "Make It Last Forever." The shoutout made us wonder what Keith Sweat actually thinks of Drake. So Complex got on the phone with Sweat this morning to talk about how flattering it was to hear Drake pay homage, and his new dating website, TrueLoveMeets.com
Interview by Lauren Nostro (@LAURENcynthia)
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.
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.
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. [Laughs.] He's keeping me relevant. I've had great success in my music career and by him using my name, it makes me feel good. People were calling me this morning like, "Drake put you on his new record talking about how he's the light-skinned you." I had to laugh. For him to acknowledge what I'm doing and my career—you're not going to use somebody's name whose not relevant in your record when you're somebody like Drake.
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.
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.
What else have you been up to lately?
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. People tell me they made a lot of babies on my music, it's flattering because I get that all the time. "Man, I made my kids on 'Make It Last Forever'" or "You're the reason I got five kids." I hear that so much it's ridiculous but you just don't know how you affect so many people's lives.
Do you have any online dating tips you can share with us?
- Don't do the "just chat" thing. Make sure you see who you're chatting with so you know it's that person.
- Don't start dating a person until you actually meet them. Someone who is being very honest with you doesn't have a problem opening up what they do and how they do it, and when they do it. Make sure you know the person you're dating. Go out a couple of times. Ladies, make sure you take your girlfriends with you at least for the first time to be safe.
- Don't get caught up in the "look" thing. Sometimes, we as men and women, the first thing that attracts us to someone is their physical appearance, and that's not always a good thing because what's good on the outside is not always good on the inside.
- Make sure you find someone who is compatible. Make sure they like to do the same things you like to do—do you play golf? Do you like going to the movies? Do you cook? Do you like going to dinner? It's important to find compatibility. If you meet someone who doesn't like what you like, that relationship will be doomed because it will get boring at some point.