Word on the street is Ryan Leslie delivered quite the body of work in his new album, Les Is More.
After delivering two well-received offerings in 2009 with his self-titled debut and Grammy-nominated Transition
LP, the musical maestro, who also goes by R. Les, switches things up on his latest offering—trading in his melodic vocals and mid-tempo ballads for quick 16s and ballerific rhyme slinging (On "Swiss Francs" he raps, "I can see right through these haters, fish tanks/ Plus they frowning at my watch like my wrist stanks")
. A full-blown rap album, Les Is More
finds the man, who's produced for everyone from Diddy to Kanye West, Fabolous to Mary J Blige and many more, exercising his rhyme skills over lush instrumental that ultimately makes the album a magnetic listening experience. Speaking to XXL
about the new album (which is available now), Ryan breaks down and details the background story behind some of Les Is More
's many highlight tracks. "You ask me why I’m rapping, well I’ll give you the reason...So yeah I’m rapping now, let the hating begin...”—
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