16. El Debarge ("Bought and Paid For," Season Two)
A music placement on Miami Vice was one of the more valuable forms of promotion an artist could get in the mid-Eighties; though the show never cast acts as themselves, it often wrote songs by featured performers into its plot, typically in stylized nightclub scenes that depicted them as anonymous house performers. Stepping out as a newly minted solo artist in 1985, El Debarge appeared in the Season-Two episode, performing "You Wear It Well" while Det. Rico Tubbs puts a rape victim (played by Lynn Whitfield) at ease with some uninhibited dance moves.