The third single from Bobby Brown's second solo album, Don't Be Cruel
, "Roni" was written by Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds with his Deele bandmates, Darnell "Dee" Bristol and L.A. Reid. Daryl Simmons, Babyface's frequent songwriting partner, recalled the story of the song to Songwriter Universe
"Kenny wrote this song called 'Roni,' about this girl we met in Florida that loved Kenny... she loved Babyface, but she was too young. We were saying, 'She's a Roni. Man, she's a Tender Roni, you can't mess with her.' So that's how that song came about."