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With 1988’s Don’t Be Cruel, Bobby Brown transformed himself from a teen idol into a seductive crooner with a rapper’s brash self-confidence. Overseen by producers Babyface and L.A. Reid, “Don’t Be Cruel” and the unapologetic “My Prerogative” pair Brown’s sneering-but-sexy attitude with hip-hop’s rugged breakbeats. Even the slow jams—“Roni,” “Rock Wit’cha”—conceal sharpness beneath Brown’s smooth delivery. Rap, pop, and soul converge on “Every Little Step,” a dazzling hit that proves R&B doesn’t have to be corny to be catchy.

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Every lil step u take-we`ll be there 4 u Bobby!

Bobby Brown is one of my favorite R.B. singers of the 90`s. One more album Bobby-4 the fans! Show `em how its really done!


bobby did the right thing by making more of a new jack swing sound and it shows with don't be cruel. every little step, my prerogative, roni, and rock wit'cha all becoming certified hits, which adds up to easily the best album bobby has ever produced

Don't Be Cruel

Loved it then...STILL DO!!


Born: February 5, 1969 in Boston, MA

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the brightest R&B stars of the late '80s and early '90s, Bobby Brown was the performer who popularized new jack swing, a blend of classic soul, synth-funk, and hip-hop rhythms that often featured rap breaks in between the conventionally melodic verses and choruses. Guy's Teddy Riley may have been new jack's greatest innovator, but Brown was its greatest hitmaker, crossing over to pop audiences with his blockbuster Don't Be Cruel album and thus making new jack swing the dominant trend in R&B...
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