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

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