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Ryan Leslie

  • 1. Diamond Girl
    2. Addiction - (featuring Fabolous/Cassie)
    3. You're Fly
    4. Quicksand
    5. Valentine
    6. Just Right
    7. How It Was Supposed to Be
    8. I-R-I-N-A
    9. Out of the Blue
    10. Shouldn't Have to Wait
    11. Wanna Be Good
    12. Gibberish
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 11473

  • Credits
    ProducerRyan Leslie; Ryan Leslie
    EngineerJim Caruana; Ryan Leslie

    Personnel: Ryan Leslie (vocals, programming, background vocals); Brent Paschke, Tommy Mottola, T-Bone Wolk (guitar); David Sancious (keyboards); Jermaine Parrish (drums, percussion).
    Audio Mixers: Jim Caruana; Kevin Crouse; Rich Keller; Ryan Leslie.
    Audio Remasterer: Chris Athens.
    Recording information: Chung King, New York, NY; Paramount Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA; Sony Music Studios, New York, NY; Studio BP, Hollywood, CA; The Apartment, New York, NY.
    Years after he was supposed to have his breakthrough as a solo artist, R&B singer/songwriter/producer Ryan Leslie finally unveiled his self-titled debut album in early 2009. Like John Legend and Kanye West before him, Leslie built his reputation on behind-the-scenes studio work (including sessions with Beyonce, Britney Spears, Danity Kane, and LL Cool J), and his slightly eccentric aesthetic shines through on this record, particularly on singles such as the funky, sample-tinged "Diamond Girl" and the keyboard-heavy "How It Was Supposed to Be." The album also includes the electro-lined "Addiction," which features rapper Fabolous and Leslie's protg, renowned R&B/pop vocalist Cassie.

  • Critic Reviews
    Entertainment Weekly (p.68) - "It's a testament to Leslie's extraordinary melodic instincts that the disc has as much replay value as it does." -- Grade: B
    Billboard (p.37) - "With its smooth melodies, fresh beats and effortlessly suave lyrics, the album satisfies from beginning to end."
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