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

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