Ryan Leslie’s “Black Mozart”: Fan Driven Revolutionary Independence From Vienna [Album Review]

We’ve been waiting for the official release of Ryan Leslie’s Black Mozart since the day he left the courtroom over his $1 Million dollar settlement to the alleged retriever of his lab top containing all of his music. Fortunately, we’ve been blessed with singles and music videos throughout this process. Live performance videos from different countries all over the world were also included. A R. Les show is definitely worth the price of admission. Mr. Leslie grabbed his crew and flew them to Vienna, Austria to record this gem of an album. Through a 4pm-4am schedule Black Mozart was filmed and recorded between December 8th-14th 2012 .If you were a registered member of the #RenegadesNYC as I am you received Black Mozart on August 31st. ryan-leslie-black-mozart-cover This is Mr. Leslie’s close and direct connection to his fans and followers in which he personally responds to via text, email or even phone calls. I don’t believe an artist has ever been this accessible to his fans as much as the producer/songwriter/instrumentalist has been. Just follow the road from to the YouTube Internet Marketing Guru welcoming in audiences witness as he created memorable hits such as “Diamond Girl,“Gibberish,” “Addiction” featuring Cassie and Fabolous. I have to say if not the pioneer then one of the pioneers to adapt to the open door, all welcome peep through the window to witness how I put this heat down. So lights, camera, action!

R-LES-BLACK-MOZART 13 Live One of the first releases was “Carnival of Venice” which the live performance music video at Irving Plaza NYC and music video, both previously reviewed by yours truly on Gstylemag.com. Black Mozart is a solid contribution. On this title track he doesn’t shy away from his past relationship with Cassie. “Nominated by Grammys/Lame dudes can’t stand me/I only focus on family/My new chick is so hot thats why I like her/My ex-chick is so hot Diddy wifed her.” I have to give it to Ryan, he has lyrics and flow so don’t dismiss the kid. This is a nice piece of work and I have a couple of favorites like “I Love It” track produced by Cadenza and Ryan Leslie with “Bright lights no shade, thinking back to my broke days/I paid dues for like 6 years I did dope beats for like no pay.” Just relishing the struggle to get where he is today basically doing it all on his own maintaining the independent route. The word is the album was written in 2 days added with the events of the lawsuit, this was incredible. Respect the mogul and his mogul movement. He put his fans on his back dropped a fan driven album that will satisfy any R. Les fan and grab some new ones.
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“History” is an inspirational song produced by Cardiak & Kyle Abacon and R. Les for anyone trying to be more part of something but be great at something. He even takes a positive swing on the lawsuit with “And I tell the kids, ‘you can do what I do’/Buckle down homie, focus on that High School/Yeah, and I paid my dues/Studio videos got major views/When I lost my court case I made the news/So I guess that was a milli it paid to lose.” For me this was a listen through album. The !Illmind produced “Only The Lonely” featuring Courtney Bennett who angelically and intoxicatingly blesses the hook is a definite banger along with “Green” featuring Fabolous where Les spits

“Class is in the details hidden in the embroidery/And its obvious you feeling me/Turn your pillow talk into a script from a soliloquy/Real page turner, Shades of Grey trilogy/Body language for dummies I’m a master of ventriloquy/Master of the talk game, words my artillery/Master of the “please Ryan, slow down you’re killing me”/You gotta body that was made for the camera/Let me see how it hold up ‘gainst this legendary stamina.”

The 16-year-old talk of the town rookie producer WondaGurl lends her production expertise with Mr. Leslie on “Evacuation.” Now take a moment roll out the music cart, stop playing and pick up “Black Mozart.”

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Jay-Z’s “Magna Carta Holy Grail”: There’s Levels To This S**t! [Music Review]

Jay-Z-MagnaCartaHolyGrail Black The set-up, the anticipation, the timing and the promotion was ridiculous. I’m sorry if you’re going to drop an album, drop that sh** with FunkMaster Flex bombs droppin’ from here to Baghdad (Shout Out To Outkast) and that’s exactly how Jigga did it on Hot 97 before July 4th, the official chance to download the album for free with Samsung Galaxy products. The intricacy of the release was definitely “so covert that it was overt” as if it was an operation headed by S.H.I.E.L.D. and The Avengers. How Jay-Z managed to pull off a Win-Win deal with Samsung was only how the God MC “shows you how to move in a room full of Vultures.” It’s like Hov still on the block over on Marcy movin’ product but instead of that white it’s that crack music and mobile device apps. Even the date of July 4th was brilliant in the fact that it was the Holiday, about 5 days to get into the album, talk about it, quote lyrics, parlay about it at the cookouts/pool parties and almost 7 days before you can actually purchase the download or physical CD. Got to give it up to his Roc Nation marketing team with Scavenger Hunts in Brooklyn and Samsung for taking this “New Rules” approach.

Magna Carta Cathedral Please believe that Hova easily picked yesterday to go on a full fledge Twitter Q&A with the fans answering most of his mentions to milk the last promotional opportunity for those who didn’t have Samsung Galaxy products that were going to purchase the CD today July 9th from record stores, Best Buys, Targets and iTunes. “He’s not a Businessman, he’s a Business man!” I have to say this, on “Holy Grail” Justin Timberlake puts his foot into the hook. I haven’t heard JT go in like that in a minute. Mr. Carter kicks perspective on the love for fame and give it up but some part of you wants to be normal unfortunately fame is “helluava drug.” And yes I’m about to do the unprecedented and confess something…..I had that “Part II (On The Run)” featuring Beyonce aka Mrs. Carter on repeat for a couple of plays lol. I don’t know about anybody else but I believe this was a great sequel to “Bonnie & Clyde ’03.” It’s a smoother more matured version than the original. It shows although things are different but still stays the same. Bey straight stays in the R&B lane as that ride or die chick on this track produced by Timbaland and Jerome”Jroc” Harmon. Mr. Carter spits that good girl fell in love with a bad boy cliche “I been wilding since a juvi/She was a good girl till she knew me/Now she is in the drop bussin’ a U’ee.” Beyonce: “I hear sirens while we make love/Loud as hell but they don’t know/They’re nowhere near us/I will hold your heart and your gun/I don’t care if they come, noooo” aka cuffing season.

Magna Hov On Bldg If you had one studio session that you could be a witness to this would be one of them for the track “BBC” produced by Pharrell Williams. This club banger features the Rat Pack of Nas, Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, Swizz Beats, Timbaland and Pharrell just to be a fly on the wall to witness the creative process for this joint. These two King MCs took me back to that 80’s/90’s D-Boy Billionaire flow talkin’ that, Nas: “Bally shoes, Gucci sneakers
Pharrell’s a pharaoh, peep the features/Unlaced Adidas/Top of the world like pyramids in Giza/Fila sweats, 88 I rocked a mock neck/Carried a nine in my projects/Bucket hat EPMD cassettes.”
And to take the flow like a handoff from the Quarterback Jigga burst through the line with “Rope chains, Rakim and Eric B/Bought my sidekicks Suzuki Jeeps and Cherokees/Hoop earrings/Coupes with the rear cameras/Put that bitch in a cherry M3/I’m not ya average dope dealer/Silver Toyotas four runners and four wheelers/Me and Teflon Q45 infinite/Windows tinted/White girl all up in it/Britney,b**ch/MCM seats buck 50 stitch.” S dot opens up again about his daughter the Notorious B.I.C. Blu Ivy on “Jay-Z Blue” including some Notorious B.I.G. sample from “My Downfall.” The exerts from “Mommie Dearest” just accents the song. “Picasso Baby” is that classic big boy Basquiat flow with that Timbo crank up. The toxic and laced Timbo track with JRoc “Tom Ford” extends the “Suit & Tie” movement infectiously. So I don’t want to see no TF tee-shirts and belt buckles because Tom Ford don’t make those lol. It was a buzz before the album dropped that Raekwon would feature on the album and to me that song would’ve been “Heaven” so it would be an injustice if the Chef isn’t on the remix because Hov kills it but Raekwon is written all over this one. The 16 year old Ebony “Wondagurl” Oshunrinde gets production credits on this gritty track “Crown” which is that reminder that Hov is still well equipped to defend the throne. “SomeWhereInAmerica” if you’ve been under a rock, ignited a public show of respect to Miley Cyrus for going against the grain. Some other favorites for me are “F.U.T.W.,” “F**kWithMeYouKnowIGotIt” featuring Rick Ross, “Versus,” and “Beach Is Better.” This is a very good album from Jay a must cop for any Hip-Hop fan because he gets back to that but it’s also a must cop for any music fan who can appreciate the innovativeness of this album. Any question if he is still relevant to the game you need to “F**kWithHovYouKnowHeGotIt.”

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