A lot of attention gets paid to the way alternative music took over the airwaves in the late ’80s and early ‘90s. That’s all well and good, and the grunge arbiters and politicized riot grrrls certainly deserve their fair share of praise.
The problem arises when you realize that the resources spent on the zillionth Kurt documentary could be spent on a group of artists that caused a different revolutionary shift in the sound of pop radio, albeit on the R&B side of things.
I’m talking, of course, about Keith Sweat, Teddy Riley, and the rise of New Jack Swing. In honor of Keith’s upcoming 25th anniversary celebration/festival SweatFest, we’re taking a look back at the least embarrassing swing fad of the decade.