15 Songs, 1 Hour

EDITORS’ NOTES

New Orleans native Lloyd Harlan Polite Jr. has a voice that captures the overwhelming rush of teenage love better than any other current r’n’b singer. Part of it is that the 21-year-old Lloyd sounds like a teenager: his fragile, yearning voice has more than little in common with Michael Jackson at his most tender. The other part is that Lloyd sings every song with a desire that is all-encompassing and absolutely sincere. The smash hit “You” is about a player changing his ways for the love of a girl, but when Lloyd sings the refrain — “Can I be your friend? / This is how I feel / I’m in need of love” — he sounds as melted by his own emotions as the girls do by his mellifluous voice. Other highlights include “Get It Shawty,” a spare and hypnotic club track that slyly incorporates the chorus from Technotronic’s 1989 staple “Pump Up the Jam,” and “One For Me,” a halftime ballad that is a perfect balance between the sensitive and the seductive. All of Street Love is designed to put a little heat under your collar, but the burning, breathless “What You Wanna Do” is enough to make even the coldest old maid feel like she’s caught up in some forbidden dancefloor grind. Only time will tell if Lloyd can match the long-term success of Usher, R&B’s reigning boy-wonder-turned-crown-prince, but even if Lloyd were to disappear tomorrow he’d be remain in the memory of untold millions of unrequited crushes, first kisses, and slow dances.

EDITORS’ NOTES

New Orleans native Lloyd Harlan Polite Jr. has a voice that captures the overwhelming rush of teenage love better than any other current r’n’b singer. Part of it is that the 21-year-old Lloyd sounds like a teenager: his fragile, yearning voice has more than little in common with Michael Jackson at his most tender. The other part is that Lloyd sings every song with a desire that is all-encompassing and absolutely sincere. The smash hit “You” is about a player changing his ways for the love of a girl, but when Lloyd sings the refrain — “Can I be your friend? / This is how I feel / I’m in need of love” — he sounds as melted by his own emotions as the girls do by his mellifluous voice. Other highlights include “Get It Shawty,” a spare and hypnotic club track that slyly incorporates the chorus from Technotronic’s 1989 staple “Pump Up the Jam,” and “One For Me,” a halftime ballad that is a perfect balance between the sensitive and the seductive. All of Street Love is designed to put a little heat under your collar, but the burning, breathless “What You Wanna Do” is enough to make even the coldest old maid feel like she’s caught up in some forbidden dancefloor grind. Only time will tell if Lloyd can match the long-term success of Usher, R&B’s reigning boy-wonder-turned-crown-prince, but even if Lloyd were to disappear tomorrow he’d be remain in the memory of untold millions of unrequited crushes, first kisses, and slow dances.

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About Lloyd

American R&B singer Lloyd kicked off his solo career by climbing the Billboard 200 in 2004 with "Southside," his steamy duet with Ashanti. However, he got his first spins on the anything-but-steamy Radio Disney. Born January 3, 1986, in New Orleans but raised in Atlanta, Lloyd joined N-Toon -- the teen pop group put together by Klymaxx's Joyce Irby -- in 1996 and appeared on their 2000 album Toon Time, released by Dreamworks. Much later -- and trading influences Mickey and Donald for Marvin Gaye and R. Kelly -- Lloyd's vocal talents were recognized by L.A. Reid. When Reid became head of the Def Jam label, he turned to Irv Gotti, whose Murder Inc. label had morphed into the Def Jam-associated The Inc. Gotti signed Lloyd and partnered the streetsmart singer with fellow Inc. artist Ashanti for "Southside." Urban radio loved it, BET loved it, and Teen People loved it. The single became the title of Lloyd's debut, released in July of 2004 with Joyce Irby and Gotti sharing the executive producer credit. A more romantic album, Street Love, arrived in 2007; it peaked at number two on the Billboard 200 chart, with "Get It Shawty" easily its most successful spin-off. Lessons in Love followed a year later, featuring the Lil Wayne collaboration "Girls Around the World." The singer then moved to Zone 4/Interscope, where he released King of Hearts in 2011. After the 2012 release of his first mixtape, The Playboy Diaries, Vol. 1, Lloyd retreated from the spotlight to focus on his personal life. The singer would not release new music until 2016. Preceded by the release of the title track, the Tru EP arrived in late 2016. ~ David Jeffries

HOMETOWN
New Orleans, LA
BORN
January 3, 1986

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