It was previously reported that Ryan Leslie was ordered to pay a one million dollar reward to the man who recovered his stolen laptop. While on stage at the Long Island University homecoming concert, Leslie spoke about the incident after he appeared on the front cover of the newspaper with a headline that read "Rap Weasel". He seemed rather emotional during his talk to the crowd as he detailed the situation and how he felt.
"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."
Leslie says his laptop was eventually returned to him, but when he attempted to access and retrieve the music, it wasn't on the computer's hard drive, which is why he didn't pay the reward. He then went on to say that the man filed a lawsuit against him a year later.
"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 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...'"
He concluded by performing a song off of his album "Les Is More".