Young Money rapper Drake has spoken about his recent outing with one of his R&B inspirations and past Thank Me Later collaboration hopeful, Sade.
Drake discussed his private date with the 51-year-old singer and explained his attraction toward older women.
“I do like older women, can I tell you who I met the other day and she was so beautiful, Sade,” Drake told radio host Angie Martinez. “I had lunch with Sade the other day. There were other people around. [I didn’t hit on her,] that would be disrespectful. Just seeing her, she does it for me. I like maturity…Really, I really do love to converse. I love that connection. I do love conversation. I truly do, I love those moments…Once you like, get it off, there’s like, sorry, there’s that 20 seconds after that’s probably the realest 20 seconds of your life. Things like conversation and personality matter in those 20 seconds. And those 20 seconds being the realest moments of a man’s life…” (Hot 97)
Last fall, Drake revealed his interest in trying to collaborate with Sade for his debut album.
“I really, really wanna do a joint with Sade,” he revealed in an interview. “I really wanna get Andre 3000 on the record. And I really wanna do a song with Kings of Leon. Yeah, slowly, but surely [I’m trying to get the guest features]. We’ll see.” (Rap-Up)
Sade later came forward and said the rapper’s camp never reached out to her.
“I don’t think they have contacted me,” she explained in an interview. “I’ve never collaborated because I’ve always avoided working outside my safety zone — I can be exactly who I am and can fail or success within the moment. I feel safe working like I do. I wouldn’t want to work in a situation where I am expected to deliver because I think I wouldn’t deliver.” (National Post)
Drake eventually addressed the snub and said he hoped to one-day collaborate with Sade.
“That’s great. Her brand is always protected. That’s why,” Drake said of her comments in an interview. “Other people’s visuals, other people’s songs, stepping outside your zone can jeopardize your brand. It can bring you down as opposed to bring you up. I personally feel we could have done something amazing. But I don’t think she really knows who I am, really, my genre of music. I put it out there. It was more of a hopeful thing. It was a very early stage where I was at when I said that I was hoping. One day. Maybe after this album comes out. I’m very influenced by her. She does something that I do. She doesn’t do too much with harmonies, and she keeps her vocals very clean. Single vocals. Haunting melodies. I’m influenced by her a lot. One day.” (MTV)
Check out a portion of Drake’s interview down below: