Former New Edition member Bobby Brown wanted a number one pop hit. Though he'd come close with the L.A. & Babyface-produced number one R&B/number eight pop gold hit "Don't Be Cruel," he still hadn't hit the mark. "My Prerogative" was Brown's response to press reports and rumors of drug abuse. Written by Darryl Simmons and producers L.A. & Babyface, "My Prerogative" stayed at number one R&B for two weeks and hit number one pop in the fall of 1988. It was on his Don't Be Cruel album, which sold more than seven million copies and yielded the hits "Roni," "Every Little Step," and "Rock Wit'cha." The singer also had a platinum Top Five R&B/pop smash with "On Our Own" from the Ghostbusters II soundtrack.