On My Own: The Best Solo Breakouts

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

Ice Cube

Ice Cube left pioneering gangsta-rap group N.W.A. in 1990 over contractual and financial disagreements with the group's manager, Jerry Heller, and bandmate Eazy-E. He released his classic debut, AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted, the same year. In 1991, N.W.A. targeted Cube throughout their landmark sophomore LP, Elfil4zaggin, comparing him to Benedict Arnold.

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