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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Excuse Me Ma, Can I Get To “Know You Better” Omarion Feat. Pusha T & Fabolous [New Music]

Former B2K member and now Maybach Music artist Omarion drops another sizzler “Know You Better” Featuring Pusha T & Fabolous from The Maybach Music “Self Made 3” Mixtape. Unfortunately this won’t make Omarion’s debut Maybach Music album due to sample clearing issues. But this is a nice follow up debut single since “MIA” featuring Wale off of the “Self Made 2” Mixtape and “Care Package.” Actually Omari has been 2 for 2 on these two singles with me. With this joint “O” holds no punches with lines like

“If I told you my secrets shorty would you keep it? You the type kiss me right after I eat it.”

The ladies should love this one, so to get it poppin’ Pusha pushes it with “Let’s start with the basics/Ya inseams whatcha waist is/Nail color shoe size what designer’s your favorite/Trick dollars I plays this couple n****s you played wit.” “O” got one of those tracks that appeals both to the heads and the honeys so fellas don’t front like yall can’t relate to that female in this song. “T.R.O.Y.” Yep I reminisce over her like you lol. No doubt this is a laid back holla at hood cuffin’ season. So why would Fab want to be left out. Mr. Funeral slides in with “Are you single are you dating is it kinda complicated?/Did you hear that time is money are you being compensated?/Did you f**k first night and spend the next day contemplatin’?/Did you focus giving h**d baby were you concentratin’. So yea this is definitely for the Grown & Techie, I mean Grown and Sexy lol. (S/O to Grown and Techie so check them out).

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Yep 30 Years of Shock The World : G-Shock 30th Anniversary Event New York City

*Clears throat, catches breath and wipes brow* Ok….I know it’s almost 2 weeks since I was at the 30th Anniversary G-Shock Event at Pier 34 in New York City. Due to the horrific travel debacle I had with Air Tran trying to go to Florida. A flight cancellation turning into me staying an extra night in the city that I love but not really a night because I had to be up at 3am to be on standby to get a 6am flight. *Deep breath* But that “B***ch, didn’t kill my vibe” of the G-Shock Event which part two of two of my Events for the day. So let me start by saying that Casio and its President and CEO Kazuo Kashio kept the event stylish by arriving on a Ducati via the big screen. He spoke about how the G-Shock brand has grown and still growing. And from what I’ve see G-Shock is still shocking the world.G-Shock Black Banner

Mr. Kashio even threw out into the crowd about five new G-Shock watches while sprinkling water from the watches in the crowd as they reached for these gems of watches. This was in addition to the Swag Bags that were given out to Press/Media after the event which included a 30th Anniversary Limited Edition G-Shock Watch. I must say it was a nice package of G-Shock-ism. Along with the CEO there were other speakers such as the Brooklyn Firefighter by the name of Mike Hernandez, actor Michael Marsden from such films as just released “The Butler,” “X-Men” and couple of other blockbuster films. Model Jessica Stam spoke about the beautiful Baby-G‘s for the ladies. Looks like Brooklyn was strong up in the event with Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez speaking sliding in a couple of jokes asking for audience participation for laughter and also in attendance was new Brooklyn Net Paul Pierce. Let’s not forget skateboarder Louie Vito spoke about his line and the perfect rugged watch for those sometimes extreme stunts on the pike along with Stevie Williams being in the building. The atmosphere was very relaxed yet exciting because of the new line of G-Shock watches such as the Rangeman series in which named also a Vodka based drink. I can’t remember what was all was in it but it was pretty good as you can see as me and my fam and fellow Gstyle Magazine writer Jason aka JMillion raised some drinks before Yelawolf and Eminem’s G-Shock performance.2013-08-07 21.50.58 Speaking of Em, they introduce his G-Shock watch that’s coming out near the end of this year called the Eminem GDX6900MNM-1. Besides the great line of G-Shock watches coming to a store near you, the icing on the cake was headlining to perform was one of the great MCs Eminem who is not known for performing at Product release events so you know Casio has mad pull to make this happen. Of course it doesn’t hurt they designed a G-Shock watch for D-town’s own. Anticipation was to the extreme but at the same time felt like the Media and the fans alike were somewhat patient. I mean you can attribute that to who the star performer was. This was a rarity so anyone who was fortunate such as myself and Gstyle Magazine we were like Jigga on Kendrick Lamar‘s “B***h, Don’t Kill My Vibe” Remix, in Jay Z‘s voice “I’ll wait (echo)” lol. You don’t hear me though lol. I know it was a media event but still from most of my concert experience the crowd can get restless while they wait for their favorite artist to perform. I mean just look at how calm and serene the crowd and the stage looked moments before Shady Records/Interscope MC’s Yelawolf and Eminem were to light a flame to the stage. 2013-08-07 21.23.19Yelawolf aka Mr. Slumerican himself held his own and did his thing and was a perfect warm up for Mr. Marshall Mathers. Eminem brought the classics even his verse on Drake‘s “Forever.” One of my favorite moments was when he brought Royce 5’9″ to perform “Lighters.” The performance included “Love The Way You Lie,” “Cleaning Out My Closet,” “Won’t Back Down,” “The Way I Am,” and when you thought the show was over he returned for an encore with what else but “Lose Yourself.” So of course like everyone else I am looking for Em’s album release slated sometime this year. All in all this was a great night for G-Shock and Hip-Hop. I have to say the products from what looks like another strong year for Casio and G-Shock, it really balanced out as far as product and entertainment. In some cases the entertainment can outshine the products and vice versa but that wasn’t the case at Pier 34 in New York City. I gotta give props to Casio and its staff for giving a great show on both the product side and entertainment side and I hope to see you guys at the 40th year anniversary event and thanks for the invite, greatly appreciated.

Some Red Carpet Celebrities were:

Busta Rhymes, Adrienne Ballion, Ice-T, Coco, Miguel, DJ Drama, Melanie Fiona, Sway, Doug E. Fresh, Bryan Greenberg, FeFe Dobson, Ronnie from Jersey Shore, Rosie Perez, Fabolous, Jim Sturgess, Vashtie Kola, John Leguizamo just name a few.

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Eminem and Royce 5’9″ photos courtesy of Roberto Bayde @R0bSkii of Official RTV @Official_RTV

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