Every Little Step (2010 Video)
It may seem like a stretch to compare Bet’s “The New Edition Story” to the critically acclaimed biopic “Straight Outta Compton.” After all, N.W.A.’s gangsta rap courted controversy while New Edition’s lyrics only got salty when they accused “Mr. Telephone Man” of a faulty connection. Nevertheless, just as N.W.A. shaped hip-hop, the miniseries gives rightful context to how influential New Edition was on its own. Styled as a New Edition of the Jackson 5, the group perfected the model for all the boy bands to come, including New Kids on the Block, Boyz II Men, ’N Sync, and the Backstreet Boys. They also successfully transitioned from the bubble gum style of their early songs to becoming pioneers of New Jack Swing.
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As with N.W.A., the drama of just being in New Edition is part of the story’s trainwreck/bootstrap appeal.
“I’m just glad to get it all off my chest,” he told People while attending the Soul Train Awards on Sunday in Las Vegas. “I’m glad to move forward with my life. I’m doing a lot better than I was since I was born. It was just good to get it off my chest. I’m glad it’s out.”
The book pulls no punches, dealing with Brown’s sexual exploits, his
Bobby Brown at Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville for His Book ‘Every Little Step’
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Bobby Brown co-founded the boy group New Edition when he was nine years old, and found fame with group with hits like “Cool It Now” and “Mr. Telephone Man.” He was only 17 years old when he left the group in 1986, but hit it big with his second solo album, “Don’t Be Cruel” (1988), featuring the monster song “My Perogative.” He has only released three albums since then, the latest being “The Masterpiece” (2012).
In an interview with Steve Harvey for his show's Men of '90s R&B Week, Brown admits that drug use was a problem for both him and Houston but says he had no part in bringing them into her world.
"We did drugs together," he said. "There was no introducing her to anything – she already knew what she knew about drugs."
Brown, 47, admitted to smoking weed and drinking alcohol with his boyband New Edition as a teen,
Brown shared the story with Robin Roberts of ABC News earlier this week. And it is certainly the highlight in what turned out to be an overall fascinating interview. The singer, who has been working the world stage since he was a young boy, had this too say about his supernatural encounter.
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