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

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