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

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