At Harvard, he joined the Krokodiloes, an a cappella group.
Leslie suddenly saw a new future for himself when a friend played him a Stevie Wonder CD freshman year. “I wanted to chase that man's career.” Leslie became a constant presence at the on-campus recording studio.
Over the course of his music career, Leslie has released four studio albums – the first of which was “Ryan Leslie” in 2009 and the most recent was “Black Mozart” in 2013.
From 2005–2006, he had his most commercial success to date with Next Selection/Bad Boy singer Cassie, when they released her debut single, "Me & U".In 1993, he applied to four University of California campuses as well as Stanford, Yale and Harvard. Leslie grew up around music, playing cornet as a child in the Salvation Army band.