Robert Barisford “Bobby” Brown started his career as a member of New Edition until he was kicked out of the group. Brown went solo and had a chart topping second album, Don’t Be Cruel, which had a number of hit singles including “My Prerogative.”
Brown also had a string of top ten hits on various Billboard charts between 1986 and 1992, and won a Grammy Award. He’s noted as a pioneer of New Jack Swing music, a fusion of hip-hop and R&B.
After run-ins with the law last year Brown was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, he later checked into rehab to fight his demons.
In 2012 Bobby Brown joined New Edition for a full-fledged reunion.