Singer-songwriter and producer Ryan Leslie has built a following over the past decade. Graduating from Harvard University at 19, Leslie decided to pursue a career in music rather than his program of study, political science and macroeconomics. Catch up with five songs from Leslie’s repertoire ahead of his Yahoo! On the Road performance on May 3 with John Legend.
The broken drum loop and catchy keyboard lines highlight Leslie’s production skills in “Beautiful Lie,” erupting in a crescendo with the titular chorus.
So Forgetful -- Lloyd Banks featuring Ryan Leslie
The contrast of Lloyd Banks’ smoky flow and Leslie’s uplifting melodies makes for a radio-friendly hit.
The Black Flag
Funky and full of soul, Leslie slows down the tempo with his personal experiences in “The Black Flag.”
Dress to Undress You
Showcasing his piano talent, Leslie turns this ballad into a groovy, sensual jam.
Start It Up -- Lloyd Banks feat. Kanye West, Swizz Beatz, Ryan Leslie, and Fabolous
Leslie hosts a signature sound full of dirty and fluttering keyboards, for his contemporaries. The impressive cast of “Start It Up” is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to his list of collaborators.