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

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