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Ryan Leslie

An exceptionally shrewd producer, songwriter, performer, businessman, and self-promoter -- he once hired someone to film nearly all of his activities, which were diligently edited and uploaded to YouTube -- Ryan Leslie began making music as a teenager, scored a perfect 1600 on his SATs before he was old enough to drive, and graduated from Harvard at the age of 19. He got a foothold in the music industry within four years of graduation. By the end of 2005, he had written and/or produced tracks for 702, Beyoncé, Britney Spears, Carl Thomas, and New Edition, and an album of his own was completed but shelved. Leslie's true breakthrough came in 2006, when he was the architect behind Cassie's "Me&U," a number one R&B single that also reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100. Cassie's subsequent album, produced almost entirely by Leslie and released on Diddy's Bad Boy label, narrowly missed the top of both the Billboard 200 and R&B/hip-hop album charts. Leslie signed to Casablanca via Universal Motown as a recording artist and established his NextSelection boutique label. "Diamond Girl," his debut single, hit the charts in early 2008 -- it broke into the Hot 100 but peaked at only 95 -- while successive singles "Addiction" and "How It Was Supposed to Be" also set up his self-titled album, released in February 2009. Leslie quickly followed it that November with Transition, a set inspired by a secret summertime fling. Although both of Leslie's albums peaked in the Top Ten of Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, he and his label parted. He went independent with Les Is More, released in October 2012 on NextSelection, distributed through the Sony-owned RED. He then began work on his fourth album, Black Mozart. ~ Andy Kellman
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Stations Featuring
Ryan Leslie

    '00s R&B

    '00s R&B
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Albums by
Ryan Leslie

Top Songs by
Ryan Leslie

  1.   Song
  2.   Diamond Girl
  3.   How It Was Supposed to Be
  4.   You're Not My Girl
  5.   Addiction featuring Cassie
  6.   Valentine
  7.   Glory
  8.   Used to Be by Fabolous
  9.   Stuntin' by Lloyd Banks
  10.   Dress You to Undress You
  11.   The Black Flag
  12.   Ups & Downs (Prelude)
  13.   Maybachs & Diamonds
  14.   Dress to Undress You
  15.   Beautiful Lie
  16.   To the Top
  17.   Is It Real Love
  18.   Good Lovin featuring Fabolous
  19.   You're Fly
  20.   Shouldn't Have to Wait
  21.   Out of the Blue
  22.   Irina
  23.   Gibberish
  24.   Minute Freshen Up
  25.   Joan of Arc
  26.   Lovers & Mountains
  27.   Ready or Not
  28.   Swiss Francs
  29.   5 Minute Freshen Up
  30.   Good Girl
  31.   Zodiac
  32.   When We Dance
  33.   Sunday Night
  34.   Something That I Like
  35.   All My Love
  36.   Wanna Be Good
  37.   Quicksand
  38.   Promise Not to Call
  39.   Just Right
  40.   I Choose You
  41.   Guardian Angel
  42.   Nothing
  43.   Never Gonna Break Up
  44.   Rescue You

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