Young and Gifted

Ryan Leslie Responds to $1M Laptop Lawsuit Ruling

November 30th, 2012 | By TY


“As you may or may not know – in 2010, somebody stole all my music from me out the back of a black Mercedes-Benz when I was in Cologne, Germany. Initially I put a reward of $20,000 if they’d just give my backpack back – and when it never returned, I upped the reward to $1MM because that music was absolutely everything to me, it was everything, it was my life, it was everything, I upped it to $1MM.

Eventually, somebody did actually return my backpack to me – and when I plugged in that hard drive to access everything that I had lost, the music just wasn’t there. The hard drive wouldn’t mount. I couldn’t access anything – and a year later, that same gentleman (I don’t know if it’s because he misunderstood what the million dollars was for) … he filed a lawsuit in Federal Court in New York City, demanding that I pay $1MM for music that I never got back.

And yesterday (and the reason why I’m on the front page of the news today) everyone thought I was just a cheapskate or something like that – a jury of my peers, 8 people, they looked me in my face and told me I had to pay this man $1MM for music I never got back.

And so I woke up today to get me some orange juice, man, and the lady who works at the deli was like ‘aw man – you’re the guy on the front page of the paper today!’ and I looked at the headline. It said ‘Rap Weasel…’

Yo – hahahaa, that’s like my twin brother – somebody said ‘Swizzy!’

So listen, man – music always comes from a place of inspiration and I gotta tell ya’ll – never have I been more inspired than when I lost everything then to try to make the most incredible album I could possibly make and for the last two years I invested every single penny, every dollar I had, to make the most incredible artistic offering I possibly could and on October 22nd it came out. It’s my album. It’s called ‘Les Is More.’

And despite what the jury said, that million dollar reward is still out there for anybody who can return all my compositions to me. That’s why I never took the video off of YouTube. I never got anything back, but luckily God blessed me with talent and I could make some of the music over again, you know what I’m saying?

So I appreciate each and everyone of y’all for your support tonight and for the future ’cause we gonna keep making this music and we gonna try to work something out with my man over in Germany – maybe he misunderstood – but this is a record off that album.”


She want that 5 minute freshen up
You tried to holla, homie, but you wasn’t fresh enough
That’s how I know I’m a professional


I’m livin’ good – but don’t get it confused
As a titan, I had to get used to bein’ sued
Don’t believe everything you read in the f*ckin’ news
‘Cause these haters’ll really prefer to see you lose

Don’t believe everything you read in the f*ckin’ news
‘Cause these haters’ll really prefer to see you lose

These haters’ll really prefer to see you lose

Break it down

Don’t believe everything you read in the f*ckin’ news
‘Cause these haters’ll really prefer to see you lose
They cheerin’ but really prefer to see you boo’d
That’s why I don’t give no comment in these interviews
I’m good – I just handle my business
Credit score is amazin’, homie, God as my witness
Yeah – thou shall not test
You a make-believe monster, homie, you Loch Ness
And you missed the damn train, man, you got left
You ain’t even in the game screamin’ you got next
Please – you got lawyers, homie? I got lawyers too
I might let my lawyers lose a f*ckin case or two
And on top of my lawyers, I got a loyal crew
Who roll with hammers and cameras that be recordin’ you!

Ladies and gentlemen, my lawyer, Mr. David Destefano.

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Guitar: Gabe Lambirth
Drums: Keith McCray
Bass: John Young

Camera Operator: Omeez Jones
Backline Tech: Eric Parker

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