Keri Hilson, Too Close

[Editor's Note: This is an abbreviated version of the interview that appears in the 360 section of XXL's August issue. In the full interview, XXL asked Asher Roth and Keri Hilson the same question based on the lyrics to their collaboration, "She Don't Wanna A Man."]

How can you tell when a woman doesn’t want a man?

Women really go to clubs most of the time not looking for a man. We need to get out, have some drinks and release. If you walk up to her on the dance floor and you dance with her and she’s not dancing with you, chances are she’s not looking for a man.

What’s your signature dance move?

Something like a two-step or the slow wind. When I’m feeling frisky, it’s the wind.

What can someone do to entice you onto the dance floor?

I like a good-smelling man. That would be No. 1—if I like his cologne. You don’t know much else in a club. You can’t hear them, you can’t really see them, but if he smells good, he has a fighting chance.

When do you know it’s okay to get hands-on?

It’s never okay to get hands-on, unless I tell you to. In a club, it’s never okay.

Can you think of a time when you were unexpectedly rejected?

I don’t think I’ve ever been rejected in the club. My pimp hand is strong. I don’t come on to men in the club, so maybe that’s why.

How do you let someone down easy?

I think the easiest way to let a man down is to tell him you’ve got a boyfriend, even if you don’t, because they can only respect that. Some guys don’t see the signs. You can be giving them all the yield signs and the stop signs, and they just still feel like you are giving them an inch, so they take that mile. It’s really sad that, for some guys to walk away without their tail between their legs, it’s easier to make up a story about having a boyfriend.

Has sweat or bad breath ever been an issue in the club?

Absolutely. You feel offended sometimes if someone’s arm scent is high. Or bad breath. They could have just gone out to eat, and they come to the club, and they don’t have gum. Or they do, but whatever they ate is taking the lead over the gum. It happens too often.

If you could choose any artist to be your dance partner, who would it be?

I guess it would be Usher, because in “Love in This Club,” he was a great dance partner. —JANEÉ BOLDEN

To read Asher Roth’s portion of the Too Close interview, make sure to pick up XXL’s August issue on newsstands now.

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  • Enlightened

    I don’t know what it is about that broad that I don’t like. She just strikes me as one of those that think she the shit.
    Who knows though?

    • DaBigBoy

      I couldn’t agree more… she seems too like she better than everyone. I used to love her off, no lie she fine but damn she move a way.

    • King Joffy Joe

      @ Enlightened and DaBigBoy, MAJOR co-sign. She has a little bit of that cocky swag, and that’s NOT a good look.


    You dudes is crazy i would fuck her till her nose bleeds niggas LOL!!!

    Nah real talk Keri is that chick homes im feeling everything about her and I love a woman with confidence but act up and you get a drink on you , literally !!!

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  • Enlightened


    Oh don’t get me wrong. I would dick her down well! I just don’t think I would get along with her a few weeks later!

    • FLOSS

      @ Enlightened

      lmao You a fool for that one but i feel you my dude.

  • DaBigBoy

    Same here def would fuck her silly but would be like a fuck and thats it no friendship ntn doubt we would get along good..

  • BeerGangsta

    This Heffer talk all this shit in the Magazine. BeerGangsta is in ATL right know. If I seen Keri I would not talk to here. ATL got Heffers that look 100 percent better. She talking all that Jazz. I will dick her azz down. For sure.

  • Mutada al sader the king

    I’d ravage that bitch like Mike Tyson was talking about in his documentary lol.

    I really liked her song called Miscommunication on Timbalands album, but her album was a huge disapointment. She’s got the #4 pop song on the charts right now,. but thats more because of Ne-Yo and Kanye. The best thing on her album was the intro sadly.

    She lost all respect in my book when she tried to get at Beyonce and Ciara on her remix. Its like, yea bitch your cute but sit the fuck down.

  • jfos

    Keri is great. Sh`s better than Beyonce or Rihanna or Ciara. I love Keri.

  • NK

    I’ve met Keri and she is seriously so down to Earth and a real sweetheart!

    Half of the people on here that says she’s cocky read that interview and cast their mind back to when a girl turned them down in a club and it touched a nerve!

    She’s just real and some of you can’t hand it!

  • laurie

    i luvvvv keri, shes down 2 earth and humble, and all she has is confidence shes not cocky, stop getting those 2 words mixed up people

  • laurie

    she is the shitttttttttt , shes not cocky, jus confident, ppl often get those 2 words mixed up, and her album is great, so fuck the haterz

  • GameOva

    Dis Diva got ma baq
    luv ha… fuckin luvin ha till death!

  • Da Homie Grizz

    im feeling what ya’ll niggaz are saying. she is badd, but she does seem stuck up. like a big ass ego but she dont be selling beyonce numbers. she is def sexy, but that stank ass attitude is what turns people off. once again, I’d hit