Ryan Leslie has posted footage of his rehearsal performance of ‘Irina’ on his YouTube channel. “I wrote this song during a very tough time in my life,” he writes. “My ‘Diamond Girl’ had just left me. If you’ve ever had someone leave you – you know what I’m talking about. It’s very easy during that time to feel like you’re just not ‘good enough’. Sometimes all it takes is just a nice person to say ‘I’m diggin’ you’, and it can turn your whole life around – make you feel like you’re not all bad. ‘Irina’ is about that person, whomever it may be in your life. Someone that made you feel like you were worth something again. It could be anyone. The song’s not sexual. The word ‘love’ doesn’t appear once. It’s about the feeling you get when you know you’re making someone happy by just being yourself.” Watch the performance below.
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