How It Was Supposed to Be

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"How It Was Supposed to Be"
How It Was Supposed to Be single cover by Ryan Leslie.jpg
Single by Ryan Leslie
from the album Ryan Leslie
ReleasedDecember 23, 2008[1]
FormatCD single
GenreHip hop
Songwriter(s)Ryan Leslie
Producer(s)Ryan Leslie
Ryan Leslie singles chronology
"How It Was Supposed to Be"
"Good Lovin'"

"How It Was Supposed to Be" is the third single released from Ryan Leslie's debut self-titled album.

Music videos[edit]

There were three music videos made for this song.

  • The first video released in December 2008, takes place in a building. It also has an alternate instrumental, having more of a rock-influenced sound than the original.[2]
  • The second (official) music video consists of a more military-theme. It starts with Ryan and three other men crooning and deals with Leslie shipping out to sea. While he is on stage performing, a man played by Tyson Beckford tries to steal his girlfriend. Which leads to a fight between the two at the end of the video. This version was released to BET's 106 & Park on January 16, 2009,[3] and later ranked at #64 on BET's Notarized: Top 100 Videos of 2009 countdown.


  • "How It Was Supposed to Be" (Official Remix) - Ryan Leslie featuring Jadakiss


Chart (2008–09) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 71 [4]


  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ "Ryan Leslie - "How It Was Supposed To Be" (Music Video 1 of 3)". YouTube. 2008-12-07. Retrieved 2012-02-22.
  3. ^ [2] Archived January 19, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ How It Was Supposed to Be - Ryan Leslie

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