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

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