Ryan Leslie (album)

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Ryan Leslie
Studio album by Ryan Leslie
Released November 15, 2008 (2008-11-15)
Recorded 2007–2008
Genre R&B, hip hop
Length 48:12
Label NextSelection Lifestyle Group, Casablanca Records, Universal
Producer Ryan Leslie
Ryan Leslie chronology
Ryan Leslie
Singles from Ryan Leslie
  1. "Diamond Girl"
    Released: December 2007
  2. "Addiction"
    Released: August 19, 2008
  3. "How It Was Supposed To Be"
    Released: December 23, 2008
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 3.5/5 stars[1]
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Billboard (favorable)[3]
The Boston Globe (mixed)[4]
Entertainment Weekly (B)[5]
New York Times (unfavorable)[6]
Okayplayer (77/100)[7]
PopMatters 8/10 stars[8]
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars[9]
Vibe (mixed)[10]

Ryan Leslie is the debut album of American R&B singer-songwriter and producer Ryan Leslie, released November 15, 2008 on Universal Motown in the United States. Three singles were released from the album: "Diamond Girl", "Addiction", and "How It Was Supposed to Be". The album was entirely produced by Leslie. While it received some negative criticism towards Leslie's songwriting, Ryan Leslie earned generally favorable reviews from music critics.[11]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Ryan Leslie, except "Addiction" co-written with Cassie Ventura and John Jackson

No. Title Length
1. "Diamond Girl"   3:44
2. "Addiction" (featuring Cassie & Fabolous) 4:00
3. "You're Fly"   4:27
4. "Quicksand"   3:43
5. "Valentine"   3:44
6. "Just Right"   4:43
7. "How It Was Supposed to Be"   3:22
8. "I-R-I-N-A"   4:09
9. "Out of the Blue"   3:41
10. "Shouldn't Have to Wait"   4:11
11. "Wanna Be Good"   4:01
12. "Gibberish"   4:20


  • Ryan Leslie: All keyboards, drum programming, background vocals and executive producer
  • Chanel Iman: Additional keyboard on "Just Right"
  • Tom "T-Bone" Wolk: Bass and guitar on "You're Fly", "Shouldn't Have To Wait" and "Wanna Be Good"
  • Brent Paschke: Bass and guitar on "Quicksand"
  • Jermaine Parrish: Drums and additional percussion on "I-R-I-N-A"
  • Al Carty: Bass on "I-R-I-N-A"
  • Tommy Mottola: Additional guitar on "Wanna Be Good"
  • David Sancious: Keyboard on "Wanna Be Good"
  • Recording engineers: Ryan Leslie, Anthony Palazzole, Scott Elgin, Rob Kinelski, Jim Caruana
  • Mixing engineers: Ryan Leslie, Kevin Crouse, Jim Caruana
  • Mastering: Chris Athens
  • Photography: Armen Djerrahian, Kameron Crone

Chart positions[edit]

This album has gone on to sell 200,000 copies in the U.S.

Chart Provider Peak
U.S. Billboard 200 Billboard 35 [12]
U.S. Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 9 [13]
U.S. Billboard Comprehensive Albums 3 [14]
Top Digital Albums 1 [15]


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