Ryan Leslie
Singer, producer, songwriter
Ryan Leslie
Anthony Ryan Leslie, known professionally as Ryan Leslie, is an American record producer, multi-instrumentalist, rapper, entrepreneur, and singer. Founder of the media company NextSelection Lifestyle Group, Leslie has produced singles for a number of artists in a variety of genres ranging from R&B/Hip-Hop to Pop to Gospel.
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Black Enterprise's 2016 TechConneXt Summit - The Business of Tech at its Best!
Huffington Post - 5 months
Now, how many people do you know own more than 3,000 comic books? I was beyond thrilled to hear this when I interviewed Samara Lynn, Tech Editor for Black Enterprise Magazine. Samara's adventure into collecting comic books started at the age of 13, while living in the suburbs of Long Island, New York. The neighborhood kids, at that time, were into comic books and Samara took a liking right along with them growing up. While she stopped collecting comic books around the age of 30, she is very clear that her favs were, at that time, The (Avengers), X-Men and Spider-Man. This year BE's TechConneXt Summit takes place October 10 - 11, 2016 at the Marriott Hotel, Burlingame, CA (SF airport location). Samara has had ample time to prepare for this year's summit, which is very different from last year as it was her third day on the job when she was given the assignment to travel to the West Coast to BE's first TechConneXt. Diving right into the splash, while it was a surprise, was certai ...
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How A New Texting Service Connects A Music Artist With His Fans
NPR - 8 months
Ryan Leslie developed an app that lets him manage conversations with fans and colleagues from his phone. He says the engagement tool gives artists a stronger hand in the business of their music.
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Ryan Leslie Burns New York Post On Stage During Concert
MTV News - about 4 years
(Leslie on his stolen laptop during a visit to "RapFix Live") By Rob Markman Ryan Leslie made headlines this week for all the wrong reasons and on Friday R. Les burned the cover of Thursday’s New York Post on stage during a concert at Long Island University in NY to make a point.  Things got emotional for the R&B/rap musician who lost a lawsuit on Wednesday which is now forcing him to cough up $1 million after he failed to make good on a reward he offered for the return of his stolen laptop. To add insult to injury the Post ran a cover line that read: “Rap weasel must pay $1M for lost laptop. “And yesterday-- and the reason why I’m on the front page of the news today-- everyone thought I was just a cheapskate or something like that, a jury of my peers, eight people, they looked me in my face and told me I had to pay this man $1 million for music I never got back,” Ryan said on stage before performing tracks from his new LP Les is More. While in the middle of perfo ...
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Ryan Leslie Calls Jay Electronica's Upcoming Act II 'Incredible'
MTV News - over 4 years
By Rob Markman Jay Electronica’s official debut album Act II: Patents of Nobility (The Turn) has a lot to live up to. The Roc Nation’s LP has been in the works for a couple of years, but the lucky ones who have heard it do nothing but sing its praises. Ryan Leslie for one, is particularly excited. "I think that his album is really incredible," R. Les said of Act II when he appeared on Wednesday's "RapFix Live." Leslie hooked up with Jay Elec like how most artists hook up these days, through social media. "He found me. He found me on Twitter," Ryan said. "I responded to the tweet and next thing you know, I was out on a farm in England and that's where he was recording." The "Diamond Girl" singer secured a verse from Jay for his Les is More LP which will be out on October 22. While most artists use email and computer technology to record collaborations separately, Leslie and Elec vibed in the studio together. "We collaborated, I put some things down and worked on some mus ...
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Gary Clark Jr. Performs in New York, Brings Out Swizz Beatz, Leo DiCaprio and More!
All Hip Hop - over 4 years
Known for his thrilling live performances, guitarist Gary Clark, Jr., recently held a show in New York at The Darby hosted by Q-Tip and ?uestlove and presented by Puma and Grey Goose. Clark has attracted fans from the likes of Leonardo Dicaprio, Pharell Williams, Swizz Beatz, Mike Kaiser, Andre Harrell, Estelle, Tyran “Ty Ty” Smith, Ali Muhammed of Tribe Called Quest, Ryan Leslie, Andrew Keegan, Zoe Saldana, Maxwell, Gabe Saptora of Cobra Starship, and many more, who were all in attendance at his showcase. Check the some event video from Gary Clark Jr. in NYC below: WMG – Gary Clark Jr. Event from TNYCinema on Vimeo. Photos: Filed under: Alternatives, MOBILE Tagged: A Tribe Called Quest, Andre Harrell, Estelle, Gabe Saptora, Gary Clark Jr., Gary Clark Jr. performs in NYC before a star-studded audience, Leonardo DiCaprio, maxwell, Pharell Williams, Q-Tip, Ryan Leslie, Zoe Saldana
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Supermodel Jessica White On Working On An Album: “I’m a Poet First and Foremost”
Dr Jay's - almost 5 years
As a model for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, Cover Girl, Maybelline, Victoria’s Secret, and Gap, Jessica White is known for her stunning beauty. But, the real question is: Does she sound as good as she looks? In a recent interview with New York, the 27-year-old swimsuit model admitted that she is making her first foray into the music industry. “I think the world is going to be really shocked,” she said of her debut album. “I’m a lot more creative than people can imagine. This year, they’re gonna get a big huge handful of how creative I really am.” Currently working with producer Ryan Leslie, Jessica recently revealed that writing music is her true passion. “I’m a poet first and foremost, before the modeling,” she said. “I mean, modeling, it’s being an artist as well. It’s just being a silent artist. It takes a lot of self-control and a lot of discipline. All my greatest, creative ideas come at night. I’m a bat. So, I hardly ever sleep.” Besides promising an al ...
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The hip-hop economy goes free trade
CNN Money - almost 5 years
Rappers have long collaborated for artistic and aesthetic reasons. But over the past few years, a pattern of cross-pollination has become increasingly important to the bottom line. By Daniel Roberts, reporter FORTUNE -- One word appears repeatedly among the top-rated rap songs on iTunes and Spotify. It is not a piece of in-vogue argot or even a masked expletive; it's the word "featuring." Of the top 20 singles on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop chart, 10 have at least one guest vocalist. Two feature more than one guest, many of them with familiar names like Drake, Chris Brown, Rihanna, Young Jeezy and Tyga. "The biggest artist in the world right now is Featuring. That guy is on every record," jokes Peter Paterno, Dr. Dre's attorney. Hip-hop and rap have long relied on collaboration, sampling and remixing. But the guest appearance has gone from simply a part of the artistic fabric of rap to a core feature of its commercial success. "Rap artists have become more entrepreneurial as a ne ...
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Comment on A Few Words With Former Taj Clayton Campaign Manager by Cordell Cameron
Dallas South News - almost 5 years
Check out this Taj Clayton Campaign video, produced by Grammy nominated artist Ryan Leslie: http://youtu.be/U7T5psHRFB0
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Ryan Leslie - Early Than Late Freestyle (Music Video)
HIP HOP Blog - almost 5 years
<a class="fplink fp-244284" href="/Ryan+Leslie+1">Ryan Leslie</a> - Early Than Late Freestyle (Music Video)
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Ryan Leslie Creates “5 Minute Freshen Up” Track With The Support Of Fans
All Hip Hop - about 5 years
Although the track has been done for a while, a video was released today (January 18) featuring producer, singer, and rapper <a class="fplink fp-244284" href="/ryan+leslie+1">Ryan Leslie</a> creating one of his new songs from scratch, entitled “5 Minute Freshen Up.” The following message came attached to the video from Leslie himself: “Follow @RyanLeslie because I’m always surprising followers. I’ve invited you to dinner, given away backstage passes, and even treated you to brand new iPods – all to say that I appreciate you for following, supporting, liking, commenting and sharing.” The highlight of the video, in addition to its exclusive access, is Leslie’s spur of the moment idea to invite a fan of his to the studio via Twitter and watch the recording process of his new track. After picking her up in his Lamborghini, Leslie proceeds to let her and her friends party in the studio to “5 Minute Freshen Up.” Check out the video below: Check out AllHipHop.com’s most recent interv ...
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Ryan Leslie “Beautiful Lie”
All Hip Hop - about 5 years
Filed under: MUSIC Tagged: <a class="fplink fp-244284" href="/ryan+leslie">Ryan Leslie</a>
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Ryan Leslie – “Good Girl” | Music Video
Soul Culture - about 5 years
Sin City is the location for <a class="fplink fp-244284" href="/ryan+leslie">Ryan Leslie</a>‘s latest visual installment. For his latest video “Good Girl” R. Les shares his lavish lifestyle and upscale ideals in this elegant masterpiece directed by R.Les himself. The song and video are taken from R.Les’ upcoming visual album Les Is More and marks the third installment in the [...]
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Ryan Leslie - Good Girl (Music Video)
HIP HOP Blog - about 5 years
<a class="fplink fp-244284" href="/ryan+leslie">Ryan Leslie</a> - Good Girl (Music Video)
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NEW MUSIC: Corey Latif Williams - 'Off In Da Club' - MusicRemedy
Google News - over 5 years
The new leak is &quot;Off In Da Club&quot; and has been produced by Ryan Leslie who also has a very small singing part. RnB artist Corey Latif Williams released the &quot;Off In Da Club&quot; song in September, 2011. Cool, the song &quot;Off In Da Club&quot; is fresh off the
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Bravo: BK's Finest - 24hourhiphop
Google News - over 5 years
I would love to work with Swizz Beats, JUSTICE League, and Ryan Leslie. 24: Are you happy with the feedback you have been getting from people on material you have released? Bravo: I&#39;m definitely appreciative of the love I&#39;ve been getting from the
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Producer's Corner: Hit-Boy - HipHopDX
Google News - over 5 years
Ryan Leslie was there, a bunch of different people, it was a writing session for Legend&#39;s album. Kanye wasn&#39;t there yet. I took a beat in, I think this beat is amazing, because everybody&#39;s going crazy over it. I&#39;m feeling good, and it&#39;s perfect!
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In Rotation: The Weeknd, Glasses Malone, Lil Wayne, Phonte, Asher Roth, Mac ... - BallerStatus.com
Google News - over 5 years
Rick Ross &amp; Ryan Leslie - &quot;Fly Together&quot; - Listen Here This is the first single off Red Cafe&#39;s upcoming Bad Boy debut. Chevy Woods&#39; The Cookout mixtape is on the way. New freestyle from Truck North called &quot;Indivisible&quot;
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ryan Leslie
    THIRTIES
  • 2013
    Age 34
    On September 7, 2013, New York City marshals seized Leslie's 2010 Cadillac Escalade, which went up for auction two days later on September 9 due to him continuing to not pay up the reward he offered for the laptop.
    More Details Hide Details It was also revealed Leslie had apparently only paid 5,000 dollars so far, even though court documents indicate Leslie's performances make hundreds of thousands of dollars. "Me & U" became a major hit on the Internet, and a video for the song was rushed into production, but withdrawn when it was deemed too risqué. "Me & U" peaked as the No. 3 download on iTunes, and those sales pushed it to No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100. In the meantime, Sean Combs heard "Me & U" in a club, and Ryan Leslie convinced him to partner his Bad Boy Records with Leslie's own NextSelection imprint for the release of Cassie's debut album, Cassie, in August 2006. Firmly established and working with industry heavyweights, Cassie appeared on AskMen.com's list of the Top 99 Most Desirable Women in 2008, at No. 62. As Leslie and Ventura spent more time together in the studio, Cassie became closer with Ryan. "Cassie was my girl in New York City. We were going out romantically, and we made a song and put it out just for fun," Leslie said regarding their relationship.
    In August 2013, Leslie released his fourth studio album, Black Mozart, through his #Renegades music club.
    More Details Hide Details In subsequent months, musicians such as 50 Cent, Raphael Saadiq, and Talib Kweli would use the underlying technology to launch their respective upcoming studio albums and power their own music membership clubs. Kweli spoke about the experience in an interview, “The first thing that appeals to me is the direct contact with the fans and the fact that I receive their e-mails The second thing is the fact that the money comes directly to me when you buy the album from me. It goes directly to my account. There is nobody taking their cut.” Leslie's work with SuperPhone has been supported by venture capitalists such as Ben Horowitz, journalists such as TechCrunch's Josh Constine, and musicians such as Kanye West. Leslie has stated in many interviews that Stevie Wonder is one of the biggest influences on his music. He attributes Michael Jackson, Prince, Jimi Hendrix, James Brown, VBak, Quincy Jones, The Beatles, Sconch & McGubbs, Tom Waits and D'Angelo as musical heroes as well.
    The full album was released to members of Leslie's #Renegades club on August 31, 2013.
    More Details Hide Details While working as a producer, Leslie went on to create NextSelection Lifestyle Group, his music-media company he founded with online marketing partner Rasheed Richmond. Ryan signed his first artist, Cassie in 2005. Under Ryan's guidance, Cassie went on to become one of the fastest rising R&B acts that year. Her breakout smash "Me & U" (written and produced by Leslie) spent 20 weeks on the Top 40 and went on to reach number three on the Billboard Hot 100, selling over a million digital units. "Me & U" also went on to become one of the biggest records in the history of Atlantic Records. Ryan posts an interactive daily video blog, where he gives viewers a taste of what daily life is like in the music business. Industry parties, TV appearances, and hanging out with beautiful women—it's there for all to see. "Blogging is something that allows us to document life," Leslie said. "When you look at a lot of successful films, books, a lot of them relate to the experiences of others," and the video blog is a way for him to connect with the masses. "There have been other video blogs, but this one's a first of its kind from a music standpoint," he said "It's a huge commitment," he said of the video blog. "It takes six, seven hours a day to produce a video blog." In anticipation for the release of Les Is More, Leslie releases a new music video from his album for every video that reaches one million hits on his website http://ryanleslie.com.
    Ryan announced in February 2013 that his fourth studio album Black Mozart would be released 16 April 2013 however delayed the release.
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  • 2011
    Age 32
    Mr Hudson) and "One Lonely Heart" live and said they would be included on Les is More. "Joan Of Arc" was released in Mid-2011 and Leslie stated at that time that it would be included on Les is More.
    More Details Hide Details Ryan Leslie announced the date for his album Les Is More via Twitter. The album was released on October 22, 2012.
    Ryan Leslie announced on Twitter and Facebook in January 2011, that his third album would be released July 4th, 2011.
    More Details Hide Details His first official single from the album released was 'Glory', despite the first singles performed being 'Beautiful Lie' and 'Breathe'. However Leslie would later announce on his website and Twitter account that the album has now been pushed back for a release 'This Fall'. On October 11th, he sent an e-mail to his fanbase saying "I promise 'Les Is More' is just a few weeks away." Les is More is now a visual album. So far "Glory", "Beautiful Lie", "Good Girl" and "5 Minute Freshen Up" are out on his website. The latter was released on March 20, 2012. "Dress You To Undress You" and "Swiss Francs" are still scheduled for release. Other Tracks Mentioned to be on the album by Leslie via his official Twitter are "Ready or Not" and " Live Good (Riviera Flow) Feat. Raekwon". Leslie has performed the tracks "Breathe (Feat.
    Leslie, who is a singer, songwriter, rapper and entrepreneur, as well as a Harvard University graduate, is also the founder and CEO of SuperPhone and NextSelection Lifestyle Group. In 2011, he was nominated for a Grammy.
    More Details Hide Details His parents are Salvation Army officers, who frequently relocate for work. Ryan's family are avid practicing Christians. Ryan has lived in various states, cities, and countries. At an early age, Leslie taught himself how to play the piano. He developed the ability to recite music, as well as arrange chords to create songs. At the age of 14, Leslie scored a 1600 on his SATs—a perfect score—while attending Bear Creek High School, in Stockton, CA.
  • 2009
    Age 30
    "Never had a top ten, but they still respect my art," Ryan Leslie sang during "Glory," which is slated to be included on his third release, "Les Is More"—his first independent album following 2009's self-titled debut and "Transition." "Maybachs and Diamonds" is a slow, groovy tune about flourishing his partner with more than just material things, like "Maybachs and Diamonds."
    More Details Hide Details Initially, Leslie had a four-album deal with Universal, but toward the end of that contract, "Universal was interested in reshaping my deal to more of a 360, and they actually made a counter-offer from the initial recording fund," Leslie tells Billboard.com. "At that point I saw that as a window to potentially branch off and try something that was going to be new and dynamic." While Leslie did not make any formal announcements about his departure from Universal Motown during the set, he took some subtle jabs at his previous label home. "I've always wanted to play these songs but I couldn't before," he said while singing "Guardian Angel." "I always felt like this song should be a single.
    After many setbacks, his self-titled album, Ryan Leslie, was finally released on February 10, 2009.
    More Details Hide Details Leslie wrote, arranged, produced, and performed every song on his album. Notable instrumentalists on his debut set include Tommy Mottola, Tom "T-Bone" Wolk, and Brent Paschke. Ryan Leslie enamored old and new fans alike (June 23) during the first of two back-to-back performances at New York City's Bowery Ballroom. The R&B singer/rapper/songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist (who parted ways with former label Universal Motown mid-2010) celebrated his new-found independence with performances of former hits like "Addicted" and "How It Was Supposed to Be," as well as two new tracks: "Glory" and "Maybachs and Diamonds."
  • TWENTIES
  • 2008
    Age 29
    Leslie's 2008 self-titled debut album, includes the singles "Diamond Girl", "Addiction" and "How It Was Supposed to Be".
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  • 2007
    Age 28
    In November 2007, he released a video for a song named "I-R-I-N-A" that was produced in-house and released through his YouTube channel as well.
    More Details Hide Details His second single, "Addiction" features pop singer and protege Cassie, with a rap cameo from long-time collaborator, rapper Fabolous. The song was officially released in August 2008. Of the two music videos made for the song, the "Making of 'Addiction'" clip became Leslie's most popular video on YouTube, with more than 3.2 million views. His third single, "How It Was Supposed To Be" also has two music videos: a rock version and a military take on the song, which was Leslie's directorial debut and was co-directed by model Tyson Beckford. The single was released March 23, 2009.
  • 2006
    Age 27
    Ryan Leslie returned to the studio in 2006 to record a new debut album.
    More Details Hide Details The lead single, "Diamond Girl" was released in December 2007. The video for "Diamond Girl" was premiered on BET's 106 & Park, and released on Leslie's YouTube channel with a special behind-the-scenes clip.
  • 2005
    Age 26
    From 2005–2006, he had his most commercial success to date with NextSelection/Bad Boy singer Cassie, when they released her debut single, "Me & U".
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  • 2003
    Age 24
    In late 2003, Leslie began recording his debut album, entitled Just Right, and released two singles: "The Way That U Move Girl" and "Used 2 Be" (with Fabolous).
    More Details Hide Details The album was never officially released due to creative differences between Leslie and his record label.
    Also in 2003, Leslie was introduced by his then attorney Ed Woods to Tommy Mottola.
    More Details Hide Details Mottola soon became a mentor of Leslie's and offered him a publishing deal with Aspen Songs and a recording contract with Casablanca, Mottola's imprint distributed by Universal Music Group. Under the mentorship of Mottola and Combs, Leslie signed then-aspiring model Cassie Ventura to his imprint, NextSelection in 2005.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1993
    Age 14
    In 1993, he applied to four University of California campuses as well as Stanford, Yale and Harvard.
    More Details Hide Details In his application essays he explained his interest in matriculating from his junior year in high school without having earned a diploma. He was accepted to all except for Stanford. He ultimately decided to attend Harvard College. At the age of 19, Leslie graduated from Harvard with a degree in Government, concentrating in Political Science and Macroeconomics. During the undergraduate Class Day ceremonies, Leslie was selected to be the Harvard Male Orator, one of four seniors who deliver orations to the graduating senior class. Leslie grew up around music, playing cornet as a child in the Salvation Army band. Ryan later switched to piano because his overbite made it difficult to get proper embouchure on a brass instrument. At Harvard, he joined the Krokodiloes, an a cappella group. Leslie suddenly saw a new future for himself when a friend played him a Stevie Wonder CD freshman year. “I became obsessed with him,” says Leslie. “I wanted to chase that man's career.” Thus began the transition from premed Poindexter to R&B Romeo. Leslie became a constant presence at the on-campus recording studio. Fellow student Chiqui Matthew remembers Leslie making beats at every free moment. “He was on a different level of intensity. Most of us were pretty realistic—we're Harvard students; this music stuff is fun, but this isn't the future,” says Matthew, who now works with credit derivatives at Goldman Sachs. “But Ryan always had a ten-year plan about how he was going to take over the music industry.” While still a college student, Leslie began producing tracks for local Boston artists.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1978
    Born
    Born on September 25, 1978.
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