There aren't many R&B stars who can say they pioneered a genre, injected a "new lifeline" in R&B, and delivered enough hits over the last three decades to last forever. For Keith Sweat, all the aforementioned are a case of been there, done that.
The R&B legend's dynamic career has seen him compete with greats like Michael Jackson and collaborate with legends like Gerald Levert, Teddy Riley, Charlie Wilson, and beyond. As a staple to the genre, he's earned acknowledgement from current torchbearers like Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and most recently Chris Brown.
The latter recently paid homage to Sweat on last year's Royalty album, for the sultry ballad "Who's Gonna (Nobody)." Sweat, co-signing the record, latter appeared on the remix. Speaking on the update to his classic, Sweat tells REVOLT it was a special moment.
"When people use certain things to pay homage, to me that says a lot," he says. "Nine times out of ten, people are not going to do anything that they think is wack, they don’t feel, or worthy of doing. So when you got Chris Brown, Drake, Kendrick Lamar talking about me or mentioning me in a song and whatever, that’s paying homage to all the credentials that I have and all my works in the game."
"That’s why I put in all the amount of years I’ve put in this business. That just shows that they acknowledge or having knowledge of what I’ve put into this game," he continues.
After recently joining Brown for the official "Nobody (Remix)," Sweat is gearing up for the release of his 12th studio album, Dressed To Impress. Led by the breezy single "Good Love," the singer says being able to still do music and reach his widespread audience is all a "blessing."
“It doesn’t stop. As long as I enjoy doing it and there for me to do, I will continue to do it."
When asked about where this album will stand compared to his last release, 2011's Till the Morning, Sweat says this is one that he's particularly more excited about and credits this newfound focus to R&B's recent resurgence.
"I think I’m more into this project than I was on the last project. R&B has started going back to the point of — people are starting to open up to what R&B was and should have been," he says. "For a while, it hasn’t been what it was supposed to be because it went away and the last couple of years people have been starting to embrace it again."
"So for me, I feel like I can go back to my roots on this album, because more people are missing R&B music and embracing it more than they did four or five years ago.”
Keith Sweat's Dressed To Impress is expected to arrive later this year.