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Bobby Brown's Don't Be Cruel turns 25

Michael A. Gonzales, Ebony, 15 August 2013

IT'S HARD TO BELIEVE it's been 25 years since the release of Bobby Brown's groundbreaking Don't Be Cruel. New-jacking the title from an old Elvis Presley song (of which most of his fans couldn't care less about), in 1988 Brown's brilliant sophomore album changed that decade's R&B game, making the music more youthful and aggressive.

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