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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
    3 songs

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.   I Choose You
  7.   Gibberish
  8.   Irina
  9.   Zodiac
  10.   Out of the Blue
  11.   Ups & Downs (Prelude)
  12.   Just Right
  13.   Dress You to Undress You
  14.   Good Girl
  15.   Beautiful Lie
  16.   Nothing
  17.   Never Gonna Break Up
  18.   Is It Real Love
  19.   All My Love
  20.   You're Fly
  21.   Used to Be by Fabolous
  22.   Quicksand
  23.   Lovers & Mountains
  24.   Ready or Not
  25.   Swiss Francs
  26.   Glory
  27.   Rescue You
  28.   When We Dance
  29.   To the Top
  30.   Sunday Night
  31.   Guardian Angel
  32.   Wanna Be Good
  33.   Valentine
  34.   Shouldn't Have to Wait
  35.   Good Lovin featuring Fabolous
  36.   Stuntin' by Lloyd Banks
  37.   Minute Freshen Up
  38.   Joan of Arc
  39.   The Black Flag
  40.   Maybachs & Diamonds
  41.   Promise Not to Call
  42.   Something That I Like
  43.   5 Minute Freshen Up
  44.   Dress to Undress You
  45.   [Untitled Track] by Fabolous
  46.   [Untitled Track] by Fabolous
  47.   [Untitled Track] by Fabolous
  48.   Elektro
  49.   Promise Not 2 Call
  50.   Back to the Love
  51.   Do It Like You Do
  52.   Making of "Nothing"
  53.   Making of "You're Not My Girl" Music Video (Behind the Scenes)
  54.   Rescue U
  55.   Sweat It Out

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