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Keith Sweat, a monster hitmaker in the late 1980s into the ’90s, released five straight number-one albums and selling over 25 million records during his heyday. The crooner is practically the poster boy for new jack swing, the hip-hop-inflected brand of R&B popularized by Sweat and groups like Guy and Wreckx-n-Effect under the guidance of the genre’s key creator, producer Teddy Riley.

Sweat is known for his showmanship and his well-crafted hits that include “I Want Her,” “Make It Last Forever” and “There You Go Telling Me No Again.” In 1997, Sweat joined the late Gerald Levert and Johnny Gill in the supergroup LSG which had its own hit, “My Body” and self-titled platinum CD. He also hosts “The Sweat Hotel” radio show and “Keith Sweat’s Platinum House” on Centric. Not only has he been a success in the music industry, but he’s sustained it in a way few other artists can match.

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