On My Own: The Best Solo Breakouts

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  • Prodigy
  • Curtis Mayfield
  • Lauryn Hill
  • Diana Ross
  • Busta Rhymes
  • Teddy Pendergrass
  • Smokey Robinson
  • Ice Cube
  • Dr. Dre
  • Bobby Brown
  • R. Kelly
  • Beyoncé
  • Michael Jackson

Curtis Mayfield

Late soul icon Curtis Mayfield was a member of Chicago group The Impressions until 1970, when he emerged as a tour de force with his solo debut Curtis.

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