Almost Famous

The Avenues to Success

The Live Scene

We’re just a couple of kids chasing after childhood fantasies. Music is in our blood, it flows through our lives and connects us as humans. When we go to shows we are able to truly experience the human condition in the purest way possible. Music holds us together, piece-by-piece, and is the ultimate form of a universal language. While there is multiple businesses within the music business, it all comes together in the live scene. The live scene separates artist from performer, music from experience. It’s where the recording artist must break their studio boundaries and jump into the lives of their fans. It’s where a thousand people in the front know every lyric to a song and from those lyrics create their own interpretation and dance. It’s where the world stops for music and encores exist to prolong the experience. While the music business goes through a drastic form of transition, the live scene actually improves. Fan and artist relationships slowly go beyond simply a ‘listen and respond’ experience, but a ‘listen and pursue’ journey. The more personal the artist becomes, the more super fans are created. Technology is enabling fans to interact instantaneously, instead of waiting until they return home. Mobile phones are moving into the forefront of artistic expression and the business that establishes its outreach. There exists literally thousands of mobile phone applications and web based services which make this interaction possible. The classic components of the music business are simplified by entrepreneurial spirits determined to cater to the independent and indie artist. While the majors are still a sought after destination to ultimate artistic success, the fan base created from these services is crucial to any kind of clout during a recording negotiation. The next phase is narrowing these services down to a trusted source and connecting with the appropriate team to make your music move. An artist with an already existent and thriving hunger to put in the necessary time and effort to create an army of super fans will naturally attract those who feel the same. The artist’s team will have naturally transitioned from super fans to super fans dedicated to the dreams and aspirations of the artist creatively and otherwise.

The search begins. Embrace the live scene.

April 12, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Emily King: The Voice


It’s very rare I discover an artist I feel truly captures her audience using her own, genuine material. Emily King signed with J. Records and released a studio album in 2007. I can reasonably assume King parted ways with J. Records due to creative differences and perhaps felt some constraints on her versatile abilities. By no means is East Side Story a poor album, it just feels produced and heavily directed by everyone but King. Listening to King’s current singles such as “Radio” or “Georgia” gives me a heartfelt experience her album lacked. In general, King’s vocals are by no means huge, but more importantly they are captivating, soulful, and humble. Recently I saw her perform in the more intimate room at Rockwood Music Hall. The dimly lit room was packed to the door and I couldn’t help but overhear the hype found in every conversation. Many of them brought their friends out because they were familiar with King and wanted to share their experience, mouthing the words to the three singles available to stream on her website. Hopefully we can expect an album soon. Until then, get hip to Emily King.

January 18, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Have a Toast to the Assholes

Kanye West and his speech to the sold out crowd at the Bowery Ballroom. Probably a bit over the top, but necessary. Hate on the man all you want, but it’s impossible to argue the pure genius of his music. The sampling on My Beautiful Dark and Twisted Fantasy puts it on a higher level than most of the mainstream music reaching the radio. It’s difficult to find an artist nowadays who is able to reach the mainstream audience and still appeal to the small crowd who knows and understands good music. Apparently he sold 100,000 in digital alone the first day, selling out the Best Buy at Union Square and the city of Chicago (whatever that entails). I guess that’s the industry right? It sounds weird to say “sold out a Best Buy” and “digital alone.” Honestly that’s impressive considering most of the album was either leaked or released during his G.O.O.D Friday campaign. Give people new, free music every week and when your album is released, they will buy it. Or is it, generate enough hype and people will buy your record regardless, even if they hate you as a person. Do your thing Kanye, it really is about the music at the end of the day, right?

November 26, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Ippazzi @ “The Bitter End”

June 17, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Music Journalist in NYC Vol. 2

Honestly, January seems like just a moment ago. In fact, December seems like a week ago where I was stuck between Toledo and New York and wondering why I felt it was necessary to burden myself with more financial worries if I did decide to move to New York. Now, in the silent, well semi-silent night in Brooklyn, NY, only a few blocks down from where Shawn Carter a.k.a Jay-Z and The Notorious B.I.G sat on the corners and something in the Brooklyn air inspired them to pick up a microphone and change history, I sit on a lap top in a still, very surreal, urban environment in an old warehouse-turned loft with two random roommates I found on craigslist. I say urban because for almost 21 years my life, my life has been suburban and very ordinary with hardly enough hardship to create a documentary around my struggle to break into the music industry. I say random because although I’ve always been known to act on first impulses, this city directed me into the most random situations I’ve ever, and you will ever, be in.

Indefinitely I am never satisfied because this entire experience was a “better late than never” random, financially stupid decision. I was almost done with school and I could have settled for the carbon-copy. I could have stayed in Toledo, finished my spring semester of my junior year, take out more loans, work two jobs, and once again spend my summer in Toledo selling cell phones. This seemed logically the next stop on my college journey, but I decided to take a little detour. Unknowingly this little detour would evolve into a life-altering change and compose another chapter in your life you can only write when you’re young. This detour would wipe every thing and every person out of my life and replace them with new people and things only to be replaced again. This detour was never at any point easy and in fact, was probably the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do.

Why did I do it? I ask this question every day I wake up breathing in the Brooklyn air and while on my short walk to the G train. After work I come home and walk up 5 flights of stairs, open the roof door, and light up a cigarette while staring at the Manhattan skyline off in the distance wondering how in the hell I got here and how the hell am I still here. I look down onto the Brooklyn streets, somewhere on Mrytle Avenue, I see life, real people, New York people, and I am a part of that scenery. Then, one last thing blows my mind every time, in the distance I see the skyscrapers within the financial district and I can frame the set of buildings I was able to see outside of my 24th floor apartment on Water Street only a month ago. If I look even closer and think even harder, near the Empire State Building stands another building where I used to spend writing long, strenuous articles for editors for some of the top newspapers in the world, and this was only a short summer ago. In fact, as I sit here, I realize my last summer in Ohio was the summer of 2007 because next summer my final move to New York City will be complete.

The carbon-copy summer still holds true. As of right now, I still took out a loan, although not a very large one, and yes, I still sell cell phones. You could say I have three jobs, but I’d rather have more because currently I feel unproductive. A year ago today, where I sit would be a dream, an impossible height to reach, a silly thought. But right now, I sit in the greatest city in the world, working towards a dream I thought was unreachable. A dream where I needed an immense amount of patience and skill and a dream I never knew what it was. This dream needed to plant its seed in fertile land and although financially America does not seem the richest, New York still seemed to have enough nutrients. In December I doubted myself and fought until I was satisfied with my decision to stay, but judging by the current events, I was not. No one will ever know the logical voices I had to shut-off in my head to make this happen. But, more importantly, I made this happen. There was no suggestion, this opportunity did not come knocking at my door, I sought it, found it, and took advantage of it, period. When something prevented me from leaving, I dealt with it until every possible solution was used up. I turned negatives into positives and restored hope in my mind just by prevailing under immeasurable odds against me. At this point I was unable to be broken and basically had my bags packed, ready-to-roll, and prepared to throw myself into city where I knew basically no one and had to fend for myself.

It is a very interesting time to enter into the real world after college graduation. Besides the recession and a new administration, as humans we seem to be losing the real quality and genuine ability to understand what makes us human and what should unite us. The once powerful and prominent industries have begun a transformation and fallout and once again it seems we must start from the beginning and adapt to the environmental and social changes around us. To be within a city like New York during these historic times is an experience in itself and creates a new understanding of diversity. Although I don’t consider myself to be a true New Yorker, I do feel I have finally broken the threshold of tourist and native. I have become a product of my environment and look at the “New York stereotypes” as a norm, but still can sit back and laugh at them. I’ve made relationships with my morning coffee street vendors, my walk is brisk, I stay to the right on the escalators, I read other people’s newspapers on the subways, I’ve stopped giving to the homeless, and most importantly, I’ve learned to hustle. In only four months I’ve worked as a hip-hop journalist, photographer, theater critic, music critic, club promoter, pre-audio engineer, worked in a studio, worked for Time Warner, and sold cell phones for two different companies in two different boroughs. I’ve probably been to over 40 different clubs or bars, saw about 30 or 40 live shows, and stayed faithful to the worst diet I’ve ever had in a period of 4 months. I’ve been to Starbucks probably hundreds of times and probably only ate at the same restaurant once or twice. I exhausted my loan money, had the time of my life, made lifelong friendships from all over the country, established a large network of music industry professionals, and I promise you I will continue to leap forward until I get exactly what I want and what is to come.

This was four months and I promise you there is no way to step inside my shoes. There is no way when I return home I can explain all of this to you because you couldn’t even comprehend what I put myself through here. But just know this, whoever took the time to read all of this, you can do whatever you want in this world and right now is the time to make that happen. Don’t ever settle and don’t listen to anyone that tells you what you want to do with your life is silly. I don’t care where you’re at, but get somewhere where your passion exists and thrives, especially in these crazy times. We are at a point where the dreamers can dream and the entrepreneurs can win. There’s no job market? Well create one and do what you want to do because there is no longer anything stopping you. This is a time of new ideas and our generation is behind this explosion and responsible for many generations to come. Let’s get it.

Real talk.

June 12, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

The Roots Present: The Jam

I just couldn’t wait to post these up… stay-tuned for the experience!

May 1, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Music Journalist in NYC Vol. 1

Through the trenches of disappointment, I once again begin my quest to break into music journalism. Whether I’m spending time in venues absorbing new music or riding the G train in Brooklyn trying to find the spark that ignited legends like Jay-Z and Notorious B.I.G, I surround myself with musical bliss every opportunity I can. Ever since I arrived in New York City almost 4 months ago, I’ve jumped into a mix of aspiring artists, producers, writers, executives, and music enthusiasts. As a music journalist, I want to place myself in a position where I can familiarize myself with every aspect of the music industry. Through acting on these intense aspirations, I discovered several opportunities through New York University to expand my knowledge and begin to network. After subscribing myself to the NYU’s Music Business Graduate Student list serve, I found myself attending a networking social at Fat Cat Jazz Club. Beforehand I ordered simple, professional-looking business cards displaying my e-mail, phone number, and blog address.

It was refreshing to finally surround myself with the inspirational dreams of others my age who also wish to be a part of the music industry. After talking to several of the aspiring artists, producers, and managers, I felt a strong connection with their ambitions and dreams. Many of us felt we are the future of music and to be a part of that vision is an indescribable feeling. Yet, even as a semi-experienced journalist, I still find it very difficult to network and contribute to that vision. As a result, I ordered a few beers to calm my nerves before I began to make my way around the bar and introduce myself.

After spending time with a handful of managers, artists, and producers and handing out business cards, I established several ground rules for my future networking experiences. At this point when you are networking the first impression is very important. Possessing a fearless, confident swagger is vital and perfecting your “pitch” in what area of the music business you want to pursue should be your intro. Eye contact, body posture, and even voice infliction are all factors in an effective business relationship. I found the biggest struggle was keeping their focus and attention and I immediately recalled advice that was given to me by a recruitment specialist through my fraternity, “people love to talk about themselves.” This is particularly useful in discovering what makes people “tick” and how you can compliment their talents with your own talents. After making several connections and collecting a stack of business cards a sense of accomplishment was resurrected. A vast city full of opportunities awaits me and I’m only scratching the turntables.

Real talk.

April 29, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Ryan Leslie, S.O.B’s

R. Les, LloydAfter following Ryan Leslie on Twitter for weeks, I finally heard word of an upcoming show at S.O.B’s on Varick and E. Houston Street. With only four tickets left at the S.O.B box office, I purchased two; later discovering not only Thursday’s show was sold-out, but Wednesday’s as well. Ryan Leslie, who binds himself to his fans, after hearing the news of the outstanding ticket sales, pledged to put his entire heart into each show, promising surprise guests and a string quartet. It is not often in the music industry I see an obvious passion for performing and satisfying a reasonable ticket price of $20, so ‘excited’ certainly doesn’t capture my emotions a few days before the show.

I choose to follow Ryan’s day-to-day updates on Twitter and pay extra-attention to his every move because he possesses a passion for music I also share and I feel many artists emerging in the mainstream simply lack. I arrive to the surprisingly short line at S.O.B’s about 7 30, an hour and a half before Ryan is set to perform. S.O.B’s is a dimly lit venue with a fairly small stage and two bars, the main one towards the back and a smaller one off to the side. The dining area is full of linen tablecloths and roped off entries filled with an audience who probably is clueless to what exactly the “Ryan Leslie Experience” could entail. My friend and I make our way amongst the standing-room crowd, swaying to the old school R&B blaring through the speakers behind us. The media is already gathered at the front of the stage, testing their exposures against an empty, dimly-lit stage awaiting Ryan Leslie’s arrival. Much of the crowd is already severally intoxicated, raising their drinks to the sky with their eyes closed singing along and snapping to the DJ’s rhythms.

I remember glancing at my phone several times, watching 8 00 turn into 8 15, and 8 15 turn into 8 30. About 8 30 the opening band sneaks on stage and my friend and I move our way to the front of the intoxicated mess, my camera securely propped against my side. After hearing my friend’s ranting of, “You’re the press, why don’t you have a press pass? I wanna meet Ryan Leslie!, Go get a press pass!,” I grab myself a spot next to an undercover policeman, who was pushing his hammered girlfriend away from him and pawning her off to my friend, who was also intoxicated. “Yeah, I had to drag him here!,” his girlfriend screams at me as I wonder if I really have to put up with this for the entire show. “No, no, no, I like Ryan Leslie,” the policeman reassures me. The opening act was a getting a fairly severe, negative reaction from the crowd. Part of it was probably the anticipation of Ryan’s debut on stage, perhaps they too were stalking the man on Twitter for weeks, digesting unbelievable promises for tonight’s show. The most recent update I received at that point was Usher apparently made an appearance at Wednesday night’s show, so a visit from Kanye or Jay-Z wouldn’t be a shocker.

S.O.B’s began to fill extremely quickly, signifying the show was truly sold-out. An extremely high percentage of the crowd was female, probably in their late teens or early twenties, but I was going to sing with them anyway, all that Twittering better amount to something. I secured my spot pretty well by letting the two extremely drunk girls gravitate around me and scare-off anyone attempting to move closer. As the opening band quietly walked-off stage to the sound of a few faint claps, the highly-anticipated crowd lined-up at their nearest bar to replace their empty drinks. Of course, as the clock hit 9, Ryan Leslie was nowhere to be found; only the latest club bangers filled the air.

Ryan’s band began to file their way on stage about 15 minutes after 9, two saxophones, one trumpet, a drummer, and two guitarists, but I expected this was just the beginning. An electronic keyboard was set-up at the front of the stage, probably reserved for the mad scientist Ryan Leslie to make his YouTube videos come alive. Then, like the calm before the storm, Free, former host of BET’s 106 and Park, appeared on stage hyping the crowd as if Tupac was returning from his grave. The respect Free gave Ryan Leslie was unbelievable, especially considering Ryan’s still limited exposure across New York. It was refreshing to finally hear the mainstream give Ryan the respect he deserves, hopefully signifying a new era of talent. As Free walked off stage, the first few piano strokes to “Gibberish” played, one of the more mellow tracks on Ryan’s new debut album. The crowd erupted and began to snap their fingers, some of them already mouthing the words to the ironically word-less song. Ryan Leslie’s bodyguards cleared a path for him through the crowd and the musical genius himself appeared on stage and the crowd went absolutely wild, immediately recognizing he was in fact going to open with “Gibberish.” “I’d like to welcome you, to the Ryan Leslie experience,” he said, “I wrote this,” referring to “Gibberish,” “because sometimes, you just don’t know what to say.”

Ryan was ecstatic to be on stage in front of his fans, with some of them following him for years. By the end of “Gibberish” Ryan’s face was already beginning to perspire as he grinned upon hundreds of screaming fans. He continued with the energetic “Quicksand,” jumping around stage pointing at different instruments as if he was passing on some of his energy to them. Throughout the entire show Ryan was well-connected to his band and his environment, particularly in awe at the front row of star-struck, energetic females. At one point during his next song, “You’re Fly,” he took a young woman’s hand and proclaimed his catchy-hook, “Baby you’re fly, baby you’re fly, I love the way you walk and the look in your eye…” I found myself, although thrown in a pit of dancing, screaming females, singing along, and needless to say I was never ashamed.

Immediately I noticed Ryan’s versatile between his vocals, rhymes, and instrumentation. By only his third song Ryan had to wipe his face off with a towel because he was perspiring all over the stage and looked to be completely out-of-breath, only quickly to run right into “Diamond Girl,” his arguably biggest hit right now and gets enough radio-play to get most of the crowd putting their hands in the air. As Ryan began to slow down with “Valentine,” the electronic keyboard on-stage reflected the same feeling Ryan tries to emulate in this YouTube videos. Ryan at one point completely stopped singing and most of the front row was able to finish most of the song, probably as a newer and hard-working artist an unforgettable experience. As promised, the string quartet filed in onto the stage and played with Ryan until the end of “Addiction,” where another surprise jumped on stage, Lloyd. Lloyd transitioned into his verse from “Girls Around the World” and after giving Ryan his respects, ventured back into V.I.P along with Fonzworth Bentley and Tyson Beckford. At this point, Ryan looked completely drained from sliding from microphone to keyboard and keyboard to doing 360 degree spins on stage. The energy level on stage completely matched that of the crowds, so much in fact I don’t think they knew what to do with it.

After the lights completely dimmed, Ryan looked up at the ceiling, probably reminiscing on an extremely successful show, and transitioned into his final song, “How it Was Supposed to Be” with electric guitars screaming the introduction while Ryan positioned his arms across the stage. His enthusiasm continued with a passionate keyboard solo and a fist across his chest, just breathing in the last of the crowd’s energy for the night. He exited with every person rushing to the coat check humming “How it was Supposed to Be” and a satisfaction of knowing maybe Ryan just resurrected a passion in music that sometimes needs to reach surface.

Real talk.

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March 19, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

YouTube’s Undiscovered Gems

lwamShe sits impatiently, staring at her computer screen, looking at the latest comments on her YouTube.com page. Her fan base develops not through record sales and concert attendance, but through fans listening to her on her MySpace.com music page and watching her oftentimes comical yet always entertaining videos on YouTube.

She wakes up early, goes to one of her part-time jobs and spends the rest of the day at the studio with her producer, creating another crowd-pleasing track that will stir the internet audience, once again prompting viewers to respond with a flood of positive comments.

These positive comments are attributed not only to an angelic voice, but the rising skills of an amateur producer. He bears the title “amateur” because his equipment consists of a MacBook Pro and music editing software called “Garage Band.”

Struggling to keep up with the ever-demanding music industry, he spends hours at a time producing mind-blowing tracks and posting them on MySpace and YouTube.

Who are these people being fueled by their passion for music? Their names are Lwam Tecle, 20, and Ryan Tedder, 19, both from Cleveland and part of the music industry’s new era of young, technologically advanced talent.

Before Tecle and Tedder made the decision to become artists, the duo lived normal, post-high school teenage lives. Tedder grew up in Pittsburgh, learning to play piano at age eight and owning his first drum set at the tender age of three.

“It only lasted a week before I busted the heads, [my parents] put me in drum lessons when I was four years old,” he said.

His musical gift was most evident in his ability to listen to a song and play it back instantly. During his senior year of high school, Tedder was accepted into the Berkley College of Music but due to financial issues, decided to attend Tri-C, a local community college in Cleveland where he studied jazz.

Lwam Tecle became intrigued with music not by recognizing her own talent, but by humbly appreciating music in its purest art form.

“… I became obsessed with singing. It was like my own lil’ secret,” she said. “I was always nervous performing – I guess I am still learning how to do that.”

In order for Tecle to conquer her fear of the stage, she decided to bring her talent to the masses through the power of the Internet. Specifically through the popular social network MySpace and the video-sharing Web site YouTube.

“YouTube is so unbelievably powerful. The fact that you can get to know someone through a video is almost unreal,” Tecle said.

The dynamic partnership between Tecle and Tedder formed as if fate sustained the bond. While checking out some videos on YouTube of upcoming R&B singer and producer Ryan Leslie, Tedder said he was immediately intrigued by a response left by an attractive young female, Lwam Tecle.

“She impressed me … I decided to reach out to her and network. I didn’t think anything of it,” Tedder said.

After learning Tecle lived only 15 minutes away from Tedder’s home, the two agreed to meet up. The chemistry, evident by Tecle and Tedder’s videos on YouTube, was an instant hit. Tecle’s YouTube channel, “LTMUSICTV,” has almost 2,000 subscribers and almost 22,000 views and Tedder’s channel, “RyanTedder412,” has almost 4,000 subscribers and over 50,000 views.

“Word of mouth is the most convincing way to sell yourself,” Tecle said.

To date, Tecle and Tedder’s buzz has extended well beyond the regions of the Midwest. The two were recently featured on B94, a popular radio station in Pittsburgh, Pa. Their buzz is also sparking the interest of several major industry producers. Tecle requested their names not to mentioned.

Based on the incredible fan base they already have developed, the talented duo know fame is evident. Their determination is clear through their goals and ever-improving sound as collaborating artists.

Tecle relies on the producing techniques of Tedder, but with her goal to be “well-rounded as an artist,” Tecle plans on trying her hand on producing as well.

“I really want to get into producing so I can have a hand on the technical part of my projects,” she said.

Along with sharing their music with the world, both Tecle and Tedder have a desire to give back and help others.

“I am motivated by the idea of helping others with funds made doing something I love to do,” Tecle said.

Giving back, in Tedder’s definition, is creating a new music scene.

“After I land a few major placements, I plan to launch my own label, ‘Upscale Music Group,'” he said. “It is going to be a label run by myself and others who share my vision as producers, songwriters and artists who work collectively to create great music – people who share the same goal and creative minds to put out real music again.”

Producing, marketing, promoting, writing their own music and possessing the ultimate goal of helping others achieve their dreams, Tecle and Tedder represent the ultimate success story.

“What I will say is that I am not foolish for believing in something,” Tecle said. “It’s not like I forced a passion in my heart, it was naturally just there. I know what I want, and I know I have to work hard for it.”

Although the road to stardom is never an easy one, Lwam Tecle and Ryan Tedder welcome the bumps and detours along the way.

“That’s the beauty of the long road to getting into the industry; when you get to the end of it, it’s going to be well worth it, and you will appreciate it so much more,” Tecle said. “If I fail at this, I want to crash and burn, because if it doesn’t hurt falling, that means that I wasn’t trying as hard as I thought I was. We only have one life; don’t limit yourself to anything.”

Courtesy of The Independent Collegian (http://independentcollegian.com/2.10032/1.1322412-1.1322412)

Real talk.

February 22, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mr. Ryan Leslie

ryan-leslie“They try to put me in a box, it’s impossible!” Ryan Leslie says in the beginning of “Diamond Girl” off of his much anticipated, self-titled, debut album. The question still remains, “who is Ryan Leslie?” for much of the crowd, but during the midnight release of his debut album on February 10th Leslie sold out the Times Square Virgin Super Store and during the 1st week was over 190% in projected album sales. Leslie’s album also topped out on iTunes top 10 albums just during the first day. So who is Ryan Leslie? A producer, song writer, singer, entrepreneur, performer, YouTube blogger, and a Harvard graduate at 19 years old with a degree in government and economics. RyanLeslieTV, his official YouTube channel, boasts over 50,000 subscribers and centralizes Leslie’s talent and passion in the studio which probably contributed to his first week’s outrageous album sales. While must underground artists look at YouTube as a median to distribute and showcase themselves, Leslie, on a mainstream level used it as distribution as well, but more importantly documented his entire life in and out of the studio to relate to his fans on a more personal basis. From creating a new hit track for his 2006 project Bad Boy-signed Cassie to catching lunch in Harlem, Ryan Leslie puts a camera on his star-studded lifestyle. Leslie even updates his facebook and twitter statues to where exactly he will be and fans have reported actually seeing and meeting up with him at those places. Studio sessions for Leslie are truly where his debut album shines, too bad they don’t come included on the album as extra content.

Leslie’s polished tracks on his debut are hardly the thin air they were created from. Walking into a studio with Ryan Leslie through the eyes of YouTube is like a fantasy of hundreds of different instruments coming together in perfect chemistry and Leslie is the mad scientist. At one point on his YouTube adventures Leslie rush orders a “pocket trumpet” from the internet and has it rush delivered to his door that same day just to sample a few notes from it. His adoration on YouTube creates an additional fan base that admires his pure music creation, not really his affiliation with any other artists or his probably unknown producing he did for artists such as Britney Spears, New Edition, or JoJo. The long overdue self-titled album, some fans who’ve waited years for, will be very much a repeat for many avid fans. A good portion of the tracks are the studio creations he documented on YouTube months before, but Leslie throws in some re-worked versions of old favorites and a good handful of newer tracks. With the exception of “Addiction” featuring Cassie and Fabulous, Leslie rides solo. The five-piece studio orchestra is found throughout the album which sets Ryan Leslie apart from the rest of the producing legends because the only thing he’s sampling is himself and so far the only thing he’s producing is the definition of passion.

Real talk.

February 22, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment