is the second album by Don't Be Cruel American R&B singer Bobby Brown, released in 1988 on MCA Records. It includes five hit singles " Don't Be Cruel", " My Prerogative", " Rock Wit'cha", " Roni" and " Every Little Step." " Don't Be Cruel" and " Every Little Step" were both Number 1 R&B Billboard singles. " Roni" and " Rock Wit'cha" peaked at Number 2 and Number 3 respectively, while " My Prerogative" became Brown's highest charting single at Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Don't Be Cruel went to Number 1 on both the R&B and Pop charts as an album; it first topped the R&B Albums chart for 11 nonconsecutive weeks starting in 1988, then peaked on the Pop Album chart for six weeks the year after. It was the best-selling album in 1989 on the Billboard Year-End Pop Album Chart and eventually went seven times Platinum. The album is the 33rd best-selling album of the 1980s, with sales already at 5 million copies by September 1989. [4 ] Don't Be Cruel was the best selling " New Jack Swing" album at the time until Michael Jackson's 1991 album was released. Dangerous Bobby Brown won the Grammy for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance in 1990. Brown followed the release of his album with a 120-date world tour.
"Don't Be Cruel" appeared in popular
video game , playing on fictional Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas New Jack Swing radio station CSR 103.9. " My Prerogative" was later covered by Britney Spears in 2004 on her album, and released as a single. Greatest Hits: My Prerogative
Track listing [ edit ]
Don't Be Cruel" (#8 U.S.) Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Antonio "L.A." Reid,
Daryl Simmons 6:52
My Prerogative" (#1 U.S.) Bobby Brown, Gene Griffin,
Teddy Riley 4:51
Roni" (#3 U.S.) Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds,
Darnell Bristol 5:58
Rock Wit'cha" (#7 U.S.) Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Darnell Bristol
Every Little Step" (#3 U.S.) Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Antonio "L.A." Reid
"I'll Be Good to You"
Bobby Brown, Gene Griffin
"Take It Slow"
Jay Logan, Lee Peters, Larry White
"All Day All Night"
Lee Peters, DeWayne Sweet, Dennis Wadington, Larry White
"I Really Love You Girl"
Bobby Brown, Gordon Jones
Personnel [ edit ]
Credits adapted from
Allmusic. [5 ]
Musicians [ edit ]
Drums, Percussion: Richard Aguon, Dewayne Sweet, Larry White
Markell Riley Bass:
Kirk Crumpler, Larry White Synthesized Bass: Dewayne Sweet, Kirk Crumpler
Keyboards: Larry White, Dewayne Sweet, Percy Scott,
Teddy Riley, Ben Rayes, Kirk Crumpler Guitars: Larry White, Emilio Conesa
Melecio Magdaluyo Finger Snaps: Tommy Brown
Production [ edit ]
Producers: Babyface, Bobby Brown, Gene Griffin, Gordon Jones, Larry White
Mixing: Larry White, Teddy Riley, Dennis Mitchell, Jon Gass, Michael Denton, Babyface
Engineering: Babyface, Michael Denton, Jon Gass, Mitch Gibson, John Guggenheim, Fred Howard, Howard Johnston, K2, Ruben Laxamana, Dennis Mitchell, Mark Slagle, Larry White
Mastering: Steve Hall
Chart positions [ edit ]
The Billboard 200
Later Samples [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
See also [ edit ]