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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More R. Les ? Or Is Les More As The MC? [Album Review]

Although Ryan Leslie’s Les Is More was due out this past summer; the long awaited Audio/Video album is upon us (In the Rock’s voice) “Finally…. R. Les….has come back to music stores!”. Its been months with filmed studio sessions, and music videos leading up to the finished product not to go without doubts, and criticisms on whether Mr. Leslie can hold his own on a full fledged rap album. Ryan Leslie makes sure that you know he’s heard the chirps. Let’s say you’ve kept up with all the reviews of the singles, music videos, and live performances presented on G Style but then again lets not. The production of course is on point; and believe it or not as an MC R. Les still compliments his music with his flow. The kid surprisingly keeps up with heat he’s dishing out musically. On the joint “Black Flag” Les gives you “Yea I do believe in miracles, heaven is so empirical/ You could see the way I climbed up the ladder/ Education Ivy League, I’m talkin’ mind over matter/ And so called innovators is always asking for favors/ Then they take the credit for the fruits of your labor.” The track is ridiculously classic hip-hop which marries with the R&B soulful vocals provided on the hooks. A perfect blend of Hip-Hop & R&B.

There are a couple of burners on R. Lizzle’s 3rd installment that will definitely bang in the club; like “5 Minute Freshen Up,” “Beautiful Lie” original and remix featuring Fabolous. And what would be a rap song if it didn’t have a little boasting. So why not tell it with “Swiss Francs” building paper like “30,000 feet I’m outta reach/ Lifestyle is extravagant word to Robin Leach/ On the road homie I ain’t seen my bed in weeks/ but what I need a bed for money never sleeps.” No surprise that all of the hooks sang by Mr. Leslie are pretty tight because that’s just what the kid does. Well put together and not forgetting his audience he should satisfy his fan base with “Lovers and Mountains”,”Ups and Downs” ,”Ready Or Not” and “Maybach & Diamonds” (which originally was supposed to be recorded with Rick Ross).

I must admit that I’m a little disappointed that one of my favorite preliminary tracks is “Breathe” featuring Mr. Hudson didn’t make the album; but since I have the live version I should be able to continue with my respiratory aspect life. I can see a lot of MC’s wanting to get on some remixes tracks from this album, no doubt.

Overall with world travel, filming and recording even though this is a rap album R. Les arranged a good album period be it musically, vocally or lyrically. The one man executive, producer, scholar, engineer, marketer, innovator, arranger, singer, songwriter, (takes deep breath) instrumentalist, artist, director, musician and now MC gets the green light from me and most of the industry. He can pretty much put out any music he wants because it’s always done with quality and passion.

Final Verdict

The final verdict is that Les Is More, so grab More copies and be Les critical of the kid throwing his hat into the rap game. If you cop the deluxe version it includes a download code for 7 music videos, 2 live performance videos and 2 studio videos directed and edited by R. Les himself.

Originally posted on gstylemag.com

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