Ever since his first mixtape, I’ve been a huge fan of Ryan Leslie. You may have heard of Ryan Leslie from Cassie’s “Addiction”, in which he produced and was featured. (Cassie rose to fame under his label, NextSelection). His producing has been widely recognized, creating beats for the likes of Britney Spears, Danity Kane, LL Cool J, Chris Brown, Fabolous, Pusha T, and The Game.
Ryan Leslie’s vocals and entirely self-produced albums are impressive, catchy, and emotional. His albums are probably the most played tracks in my iTunes playlist. Not only is he a music prodigy, he is extremely intelligent, obtaining a perfect score on the SATs. Leslie then attended Harvard and graduated at the young age of 19, with a degree in Politics and Macroeconomics.
His albums Ryan Leslie and Transition were R&B and showcased his smooth vocals flawlessly. “How It Was Supposed To Be” and “Guardian Angel” are two of my favorites. However, since his album Les Is More, Leslie has moved towards his rapping career, which was always his top priority. Black Mozart, which was released for #Renegades (Leslie’s exclusive fan club) only, attempts to further his rap career. To be honest, I feel as if each track is similar to each other and the production is lackluster compared to his first two albums.
Listen to his new single, “Green” featuring Fabolous below.
How do you feel about the new album? Do you think he should return to his roots of R&B?