Though Ryan Leslie‘s last single, Joan of Arc, met a positive reception in the Booth, the praise was tempered with some ambivalence in regard to the R&B heavyweight’s decision to try his hand at rhyming. Even our own DJ Z judged the cut “...a little too rappy.” As it turns out, though, Leslie’s not really in the mood for constructive criticism – on his latest selection, the even rappy-er Glory, the artist makes clear that he doesn’t give a damn what anyone thinks. R.L. takes the record to church on the production tip, layering screaming electric guitar riffage and choral vocals over grandiose organ chords as he gets a few things off his chest, illuminating the frustrations surrounding his departure from Universal Motown last year, as well as providing a (non-)answer to the question that’s been on everyone’s lips and fingertips: “You ask me why I’m rappin, well I’ll give the reason: the same reason you’re hatin’ when you should be believin’.” Looks like Ryan Leslie-the-disillusioned-rapper is here to stay; only question is, do you approve of his transformation? If so, you’ll undoubtedly find more to like on senior set Les Is More, due out in July.
First DJ Booth Appearance:
"The Way You Move Girl" (2006)
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