Editors’ Notes 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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Cruel (Prelude)
1
0:37
 
Don't Be Cruel
2
6:48
 
My Prerogative
3
4:51
 
Roni
4
5:58
 
Rock Wit'cha
5
4:49
 
Every Little Step
6
3:57
 
I'll Be Good to You
7
4:25
 
Take it Slow
8
5:22
 
All Day All Night
9
4:40
 
I Really Love You Girl
10
5:10
 
Cruel (Reprise)
11
0:22