Keith Sweat: Lil Wayne Is 'Ridiculous,' Album Is 'Younger'
Sweat's 'Make You Sweat'
You've been in the music business for over 25 years. Why did you decide to sign with E1 Music -- was there a particular vision they had that made you say, "This is the best place to be"?
They've done a good job with talent. I just felt like nowadays labels don't put in time to promoting records, especially for a veteran R&B artist like myself. They seem to do a good job when working an album. I really needed that at this moment of my career.
Your current single, 'Make You Say Ohh,' has such an old-school feel about it. Were you going for a throwback soul sound?
That's just one song out of 12 songs. I try to do different things. The album has a younger feel. I'm working with a lot of younger producers and writers. But really, the songs have that young feel, but it's still Keith Sweat. I think people tend to put that old school tag on me because it's me [laughs]. It's Keith Sweat.
Who were some of the producers you worked with on 'Til the Morning'?
Me and this guy named Angelo Ramone produced the first single. When I was looking for younger talent to work with, I wanted people that liked R&B the same way I like R&B. If they know about the O'Jays then I know they got that R&B in them. I know I can work with them. They can offer me the things musically that I can utilize. There weren't any well-known producers I went out to get. I grabbed people that were passionate about the music.
Wow. That's a lot to live up to.
But that's how it's always been. It's just like when me and Teddy came out. Nobody knew who Teddy Riley was. Nobody knew who I was. We