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

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