Cassie: Well, you know, I've never really stopped making music, it was just about the timing. He left the room for a second and I started to write. You know what I did love for a brief fun moment, but I mean I'm still listening to it now, Erykah Badu's "Phone Down." It's so fire from top to bottom. So, like, I couldn't explain it any better than that this timing is the best timing that I've ever felt in my entire life to put out music. I did , I lived in South Africa for like two-and-half-months. Then, he came back in and he started to write and we kind of kept going back and forth. He was like, "I have to be on this record." I didn't know him, so I was like, "Go for it." It came out really, really dope. At an early age, Leslie taught himself how to play the piano.He developed the ability to recite music, as well as arrange chords to create songs.Most of us were pretty realistic — we're Harvard students; this music stuff is fun, but this isn't the future. During his freshman year at Harvard, Leslie devoted many hours per week to creating and developing music in a studio basement on campus.But Ryan always had a ten-year plan about how he was going to take over the music industry.” While still a college student, Leslie began producing tracks for local Boston artists, and molding his image, which Matthew found unconvincing: “He had this pseudo-sexual, thugged-out Lothario thing. He taught himself basic production skills and also developed a musical style of his own.Even after inking a deal with Interscope in 2009, she wasn't able to release her second album.Tired of leaving her fans famished, she unleashed her mixtape in 2013.
His new Super Phone service connects artists directly to their fans, bypassing the limitations (and obstacles) of traditional social media marketing.I went on my own and kind of like just figured out a whole new life, which was really dope, but the experience there taught me a lot about music, too. I would say that I never really stopped [making music], but the actual itch to do this project right now was when the music felt right. And then from there, I felt like it was personally my shit. Like if I have a conversation with somebody and they say something profound, I'll write it down. It has to be somewhere between [Andre 3000's] . Right before I left, I was working with The Stereotypes and we were creating for me to be released, but then, I got the movies and I was like, "You know what? With your success in both modeling and acting, what lessons did you take from those lanes that your brought over to the music side? Outside of songwriting, do you keep a journal or write poetry? So it's not like journaling necessarily, it's just words that go together well. Which song or album is the soundtrack to your life at this current moment. Leslie's 2008 self-titled debut album, includes the singles "Diamond Girl", "Addiction" and "How It Was Supposed to Be".Leslie, who is a singer, songwriter, rapper and entrepreneur, as well as a Harvard University graduate, is also the founder and CEO of Super Phone and Next Selection Lifestyle Group. His parents are Salvation Army officers, who frequently relocate for work. Ryan has lived in various states, cities, and countries.