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What is Keith Sweat's net worth? Chart-topper's unpaid taxes almost led to property seizure

After releasing his debut studio album, Keith Sweat recorded 12 more solo efforts with the last being ‘Playing for Keeps’ in 2018
Keith Sweat has faced property seizure (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
Keith Sweat has faced property seizure (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)

Come July 1, music lovers will get to witness a Verzuz battle between R&B kings Keith Sweat and Bobby Brown. Verzuz announced a surprise face-off between the legendary singers in association with Essence Fest and the Internet could not keep calm as many recalled how they both serenaded the audience back in the '90s.

The latest Verzuz battle comes after a hilarious showdown between Bow Wow and Soulja Boy. The two broke the Internet with their funny banter during the battle. Speaking of Verzuz, the much-loved online rap battle event was created by legendary producers Timbaland and Swizz Beatz. Currently in its second season, fans have thoroughly enjoyed the face-offs of top global musicians like Monica and Brandy, Snoop Dogg and the late DMX, Gladys Knight and Patti LaBelle, Raekwon and Ghostface Killah, Nelly and Ludacris, Method Man and Redman and Alicia Keys and John Legend.


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Keith Sweat attends the Soul Train Awards 2013 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for BET)

Keith Sweat's early Life

Keith Sweat was born to Juanita Thompson, a hairdresser, and Charles Sweat, a factory worker in Harlem, New York City in July 1961. Before tasting success, Keith Sweat did a few odd jobs like a night stock boy at Macy's Department Store and a mailroom clerk at a brokerage firm. Sweat also worked as a supervisor for the New York Mercantile Exchange.

Sweat’s musical career began in 1975 with a band called Jamilah. After sharpening his skills with the band, he went solo in 1984 where he performed at various nightclubs in New York City. Sweat luckily got noticed by an independent label called Stadium Records and he ended up recording two songs for them ‘Lucky Seven’, and ‘My Mind Is Made Up’. His luck shone when Sweat got discovered by Vincent Davis in 1987. He dropped his debut album ‘Make It Last Forever’ in the same year and sold three million copies.

Keith Sweat performs at the 2009 Soul Train Awards at the Georgia World Congress Center on November 3, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

Keith Sweat's net worth

After releasing his debut studio album, the renowned singer recorded 12 more solo efforts with the last being ‘Playing for Keeps’ in 2018. The 59-year-old singer-songwriter is best known for his chart-topping singles like ‘I Want Her’, ‘Make It Last Forever’, ‘I'll Give All My Love to You’, ‘Make You Sweat’, ‘Get Up on It’, ‘Twisted’ and ‘Nobody’. With over 25 million record sales and several other accolades, Keith Sweat pocketed an impressive amount of money and also became one of the prominent figures of the new jack swing musical movement. At the peak of his career, the renowned singer and songwriter also collaborated with artistes such as Gerald Leveret, Charlie Wilson, Joe Public, and Ronald Isley.

Despite finding success in music, Keith Sweat invited trouble after he made a few bad financial decisions. Due to the same reason, his net worth stands at negative $250,000 as he apparently owns a lot of money to the government, as reported by Celebrity Net Worth. He was reportedly sued by a mortgage company for not making payments on a property of his in Detroit. They won a settlement of $25,000 which he is yet to pay. The mortgage company reportedly tried to garnish Sweat's wages and get a lien on his other assets. According to the website, TV One, in 2018, the government hit the chart-topping artist with a tax lien in the amount of $35,147.66. He was ordered by the government to settle his taxes or face having his possessions seized by the officials.    

Keith Sweat attends the 2014 Ford Neighborhood Awards Hosted By Steve Harvey at the Phillips Arena on August 9, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia (Photo by Moses Robinson/Getty Images for Ford Neighborhood Awards)