Music Stars Who Recovered From Mediocre Debuts

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  • Wale, Attention Deficit, Lady Gaga
  • Cee Lo Green
  • Rihanna, Music of the Sun
  • Fat Joe, Represent
  • Tyga, No Introduction
  • Ace Hood, Gutta
  • The Fugees
  • Fugees, The Fugees, The Score, Blunted on Reality
  • T.I., I'm Serious, Trap Muzik
  • Mobb Deep, Juvenile Hell, The Infamous
  • Janet Jackson

Rihanna, Music of the Sun

When she released her 2005 debut, Music of the Sun, it would have been tough to predict that Rihanna would soon become one of the biggest names in music. Though it did include a few hits, she had a different sound — more Island-inspired — than later in her career. 

(Photo: Courtesy of Def Jam Records)

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