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Hall of Fame: Keith Sweat

Keith Sweat hails from Harlem, New York and worked in finance before landing a contract with Elektra in 1987. Prior to his recording success, he was peforming as a part of the band Jamilah throughout the New York tri-state area.

A quintessential New Jack Swing icon, Keith Sweat’s Make It Last Forever album practically kicked off the New Jack Era. Selling over 3 million copies, Sweat’s debut album featured the hits “I Want Her” (made it to #5 on the Pop charts), the title track, “Something Just Ain’t Right,” and “Don’t Stop Your Love.” In 1990, he followed up with I’ll Give All My Love To You featuring “Make You Sweat,” “Merry Go Round,” and the title track which has now become a classic. Keith Sweat’s last New Jack hits were from his 1991 Keep It Comin album, featuring the title track and “Why Me Baby” featuring LL Cool J.

By 1992, Keith Sweat took a backseat, formed Keia Records, moved to Atlanta from New York and introduced the world to Silk, a Hip-Hop/Soul group whose “Freak Me” would become one of the biggest hits of 1993. Keith then released the 1994 album Get Up On It featuring the single, "How Do You Like It?" while following up with his second group on Keia, Kut Klose, who scored with the hit "I Like."

Keith Sweat remained relatively quiet for a few more years until 1996, when he released his self-titled album featuring the hits “Twisted” and “Nobody.” In 1997, Sweat would go on tour with Teddy Riley’s BLACKstreet and a reunited New Edition; later that year, Keith Sweat joined forces with Johnny Gill and Gerald Levert to form LSG. The group’s first single “My Body” was a hit among urban audiences.

Keith Sweat has been consistenly putting out music, much like the late Gerald Levert over the last several years, beginning with Still In The Game from 1998, Rebirth in 2002 featuring the moderate hit, "One On One," a second LSG album, LSG-2, a live album and concert DVD, a best-of compilation, and Just Me in 2008.

At the same time, Keith Sweat can be heard on the radio during his syndicated "Sweat Hotel" show which is carried in select markets, including Los Angeles. Keith Sweat is also one of the most consistent artists from the New Jack Era as far as touring goes - for U.S. fans, it is well worth the effort to stay on top of show listings to ensure you won't miss his next concert.

Keith Sweat will forever be considered a New Jack Swing icon, and a solid mainstay in urban music.

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