Addiction (Ryan Leslie song)

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Single by Ryan Leslie featuring Cassie & Fabolous
from the album Ryan Leslie
Released August 19, 2008 [1]
Format CD single
Genre Contemporary R&B, hip hop, electropop
Length 3:57
Label NextSelection/Universal
Writer(s) Ryan Leslie, John Jackson, Cassie Ventura
Producer(s) Ryan Leslie
Ryan Leslie singles chronology
"Diamond Girl"
"How It Was Supposed To Be"
Cassie singles chronology
"Is It You"
"Official Girl"
Fabolous singles chronology
"Hi Hater (Remix)"
"I Can't Hear the Music"

"Addiction" is a song by American hip hop and R&B; record producer, singer-songwriter and recording artist Ryan Leslie. Released as the second single from his self-titled debut album, Ryan Leslie, the single features Leslie's protégé Cassie and frequent collaborator Fabolous. It was sent to Urban & Rhythmic radio stations July 7, 2008.[2][3]


The song first leaked sans a verse from Fabolous, but was added for the official single. In addition there is an alternate version of the song featuring Keri Hilson instead of Cassie. The song's lyrics interpolate portions of Michael Jackson's "I Can't Help It".

Hip hop recording artist Kid Cudi has a popular freestyle over "Addiction" titled "London Girls", as well as the Clipse on their mixtape Road To Till The Casket Drops.

Music video[edit]

The music video, directed by Diane Martel, who worked with Fabolous in Jennifer Lopez's "Get Right (Remix)" premiered on Yahoo! Music on September 8.[4] Although Cassie does not appear in the video her vocals are still used. The video features cameo appearances from Jaslene Gonzalez, winner of Cycle 8 of America's Next Top Model and rapper Swizz Beatz who appears with Fabolous.

An alternate, entirely-grayscale video was made with Leslie and Fabulous, again sans Cassie, but featuring Jamaican models Jeniel Williams and Gaye Mcdonald.

Chart performance[edit]

The single debuted on the US Billboard Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart at number fifteen and has peaked at number thirty-five on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. It also charted on the Deutsche Black Charts peaking at number thirteen.


Chart (2008) Peak
Germany (Deutsche Black Charts)[5] 13
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[6] 15
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[7] 35
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay (Billboard)[8] 35
US Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop (Billboard)[9] 39


  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ R&R :: Going For Adds :: Urban
  3. ^ R&R :: Going For Adds :: Rhythmic
  4. ^ Premieres on Yahoo! Music
  5. ^ "Deutsche Black Charts". Trendcharts. Media Control. Archived from the original on June 22, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Bubbling Under Hot 100 – August 23, 2007". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2016.  (subscription required)
  7. ^ "Ryan Leslie - Chart history: Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Ryan Leslie - Chart history: R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop – October 25, 2008". Billboard. Retrieved June 22, 2016.  (subscription required)

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