The Black Mozart

Ryan Leslie is one of the most influential celebrities of our time but doesn’t get the credit he deserves.

Solomon Hillfleet

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Photo Courtesy of Jerrica Jefferson

I can remember the concert like it was my first one. But that’s because it was my first concert. It was April 2013, roughly a week after my 24th birthday, and I was ecstatic.

I had just graduated, gotten a job fresh out of college, and I had tickets to go see one of my favorite artists, Ryan Leslie. My ex and two of my other friends and I all made our way into the venue, a spot in Atlanta known as Center Stage, and made our way to the very front of the stage.

The show started with a few preliminary artists, but before long Ryan took the stage. Ryan had just released her third album Les is More and had gone independent, branching off with his own crew the Renegades.

By the end of the show, I left feeling a flush of all emotions from excitement, joy, love, and motivation. It was the first time I saw someone so in tune with their talent and even more committed to pursuing their passion.

It’s been years since that first concert, but the image of the moment has stuck with me. So much so I’ve continued following his career. Since 2014, Ryan’s become a mogul, pioneering the SuperPhone technology while touring overseas.

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Solomon Hillfleet

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