My Prerogative - Bobby Brown

My Prerogative – Bobby Brown | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#1) and R&B (#1 for 2 weeks); 1989

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

Whereas Motownphilly was an aural arrival announcement for Boyz II Men, My Prerogative was Bobby Brown‘s on-record renouncement of drug-use rumors. According to Teddy Riley (and contrary to the writing credits), he and Aaron Hall of Guy wrote My Prerogative with Bobby in mind. Since his defection from New Edition, Brown had been the target of some particularly nasty professional and personal gossip. My Prerogative fired back at them, claiming that whatever Bobby does is his own business. For the record, Bobby and Teddy worked on the New Jack Swing arrangement, Teddy played keyboards, and Teddy and Aaron sang backup. My Prerogative hit the street right after the title track from Bobby’s latest album, Don’t Be Cruel, wrapped up a two week stay at #1 on the rhythm list. My Prerogative matched that feat, then went Cruel one better by topping the pop chart as well.

This content and all Song Meaning articles were created and written by Top 40 Contributing Editor Ed Osborne. © 2023 Ed Osborne. All Rights Reserved. In addition to these song meaning articles, Ed has written our “Year in Music 1960s-1990s” articles.

Produced by:

  • Teddy Riley

Lyrics Written by:

  • Bobby Brown
  • Gene Griffin
  • Teddy Riley