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Don't Be Cruel
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|6. Every Little Step|
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|8. Take It Slow|
|9. All Day All Night|
|10. I Really Love You Girl|
|11. Cruel Reprise|
Although his first solo record tanked, this release looked like the beginning of a superstar career. Brown, a former lead vocalist with New Edition (he was replaced by Johnny Gill, but both men participate in most NE reunions) has an appealing, if somewhat grainy, voice. It's a good match for the hip-hop beats that underpin some of the best songs here, especially "My Prerogative," which at the time sounded like an anthem. His ability to deftly merge R&B's upscale and hip-hop street esthetic (both Teddy Riley and Babyface produce tracks on this CD) changed the role of the rake hero. Sadly, this was Brown's lone significant musical moment as a solo artist. Except for marrying Whitney Houston, his life since has become a skein of self-destructive activities. --Martin Johnson
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As long as I've been givin' my love to you
You should be givin' me your love, too
But you just keep on actin' just like a fool
You know it ain't cool
Don't Be Cruel...cause I would never be that cruel to you...
Don't Be Cruel...girl you need to change your attitude!"
You know you had your little childhood relationship battles...I know you did. That was the jam...it was undeniable. 'Roni' was equally the jam.
"My heart belongs to tenderoni ( she's my only love!)
She's My Only Love ( My Heart)
The truth about Roni, she's a sweet ol' girl
About the sweetest little girl in the whole wild world
She'll make the toughest homeboy fall deep in love
Said once you had a Roni you will never give her up
She's a special kind of girl that makes her daddy feel proud
You know the kinda girl that stands out in crowds
Found a tender roni and the Roni is so right
I think I'm gonna love her for the rest of my life"
WHAT!? Known by heart by many. And those were just the semi-jams. Don't forget about 'My Prerogative', 'Rock Witcha' and 'Every Little Step'. Straight up JAMMIN. Funky, movin, grooving, and straight up smoove. The Hip Hop and R&B was PERFECTLY blended here and never since has it been surpassed...maybe equalized but not surpassed. Definitely (in my mind) the opal of the New Jack swing era. Bobby Brown - Don't Be Cruel...a MUST HAVE.
ANYONE worth a Dime at school had "Don't Be Cruel" in their Cassette WAlkman (Before CD's took hold heheh, back then they were relegated to Audiophiles. )
And if that wasn't the case you were going to see him live in concert, where he'd be putting on a Marathon stage show. After school on the bus ride home some kid used to always bring a Tape Deck w/ Speakers, and we'd play the title track at Full Blast.
Make no mistake Bobby Brown was the musical Messiah, the man of the moment. I've always lived in the City, so of course Bobby Brown was popular Near me, but what I wasn't aware at the time was that "Don't Be Cruel" was an across the board success, 7 million copies as of April 1995. So he had huge appeal in the Suburbs, but I wouldn't know cuz at the age of 6 You don't track record
Plus my only contact with the Suburbs were my teenage girl cousins, whom were more into the likes of New Kids on The Block. But I compared their sales with Brown's and the two numbers are equal! So Bobby was insanely
This album is a mini best-of in itself, it spun off five humongous hits: The Title Track, "My Prerogative", "Roni", "Rock Wit'cha" and "Every Little step", and they are sequenced in that running order, on most other albums which boast numerous hits, there's always a track which breaks the "Hit-Parade" flow.
The opening Title Track was diced and severely butchered from 6:45 Running lentgth to a 4 Minute and whatever seconds for a Radio Single, which doesn't do the song justice at all. In fact the Whole "Goosebump" feeling is lost for me.Read more ›
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usher is the only artist today that still uses this style. bobby brown is so talented i can't believe he stopped making music. Read morePublished on April 3 2004 by Jerraine Hall
When people think of the Bobby Brown these days, they think of the pathetic loser that's bringing down Whitney Houston's life and career; but at one time he was the biggest singer... Read morePublished on March 20 2004 by hiphopforlife
I LOVE THIS ALBUM. It really makes you long for the eighties when pop was cheesy but oh so good. Bobby sang and danced his heart out.Published on Dec 30 2003 by Dance Dance Dance
This is pretty (****) good album, when you listen to the stuff on here, you instantly feel that 80's feeling, the synthesized-reverb, the crazy bass instruments, this is just a... Read morePublished on Dec 16 2003
Bobby Brown was fresh, exciting, and oh so cool. If you've forgotten why, give this a listen.Published on Nov. 17 2003 by Alicia Walker
If you weren't at least a teenager in the late 1980s, then you'll most likely have a hard time believing that Bobby Brown made headlines for his hits and not for his embarrassing... Read morePublished on June 7 2003 by The Groove
This album takes you back to highschool sweetheart memories-if you grew up in the days of New Edition. I could put this CD on REPEAT and let it go all day. Read morePublished on Dec 24 2002 by Tara Scott
"Don't Be Cruel" was one of the best R&B albums to drop during his era. Mr. Brown use to think he was king and maybe for a short period of time...he was. Read morePublished on Dec 19 2002 by Anthony Hanes