On My Own: The Best Solo Breakouts

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

Smokey Robinson

Smokey Robinson headed up The Miracles for years before departing in 1972 to spend time with his family and focus on his job as vice president of Motown. But just a year later, he came out of retirement and released his solo debut, Smokey.

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