Sweat Wraps Elektra Tenure With Live Set
Following a 15-year stretch with Elektra, R&B veteran Keith Sweat is closing out his tenure with the label via the upcoming concert set "Keith Sweat Live." The album, due Feb. 4, features renditioFollowing a 15-year stretch with Elektra, R&B veteran Keith Sweat is closing out his tenure with the label via the upcoming concert set "Keith Sweat Live." The album, due Feb. 4, features renditions of some of Sweat's best-known cuts, including "I Want Her," "Make It Last Forever," and "I'll Give All My Love to You."
Also included on the disc is a version of Silk's hit "Freak Me" featuring that band's Lil' G, and a guest appearance by Gerald Levert on "My Body," originally performed by LSG, the supergroup side project featuring Levert, Sweat, and Johnny Gill.
"I had a great relationship there," Sweat tells Billboard of his time with Elektra. "But my contract is up now, and I'm just exploring the waters. I'm looking for a situation I'm comfortable with. I've been under contract for a long while, so I need to take my time. But I'm blessed I've got the following I have."
Sweat's final studio album for the label, "Rebirth" (Elektra), debuted last August at No. 14 on The Billboard 200 and No. 7 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. It has sold 222,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.
While he examines his options, the singer's Sweat Records is preparing for the debut of female rapper Sarai through Epic. Music buffs will no doubt recall Sweat's earlier label foray, Elektra-distributed Keia, which introduced the female trio Kut Klose in 1995. There's also a still-in-the-works sophomore project by LSG, now slated to drop in March or April. Sweat says another major interest is concentrating on writing and executive-producing film scripts.