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Lloyd (singer)

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Birth name
Lloyd Polite, Jr.

Years active

1.75 m

Lloyd Polite Jr.

R&B, hip hop

Lloyd Polite Jr. smiling closed mouth at an event and wearing a black suit and tie.

January 3, 1986 (age 38) New Orleans, Louisiana, United States (

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Singer-songwriter, dancer

Young Goldie (2009-present)MJM (2001-2002)Murder Inc., Sho'nuff, Def Jam (2004-2006)The Inc., Universal Motown (2007-2009)Zone 4, Interscope (2010–2012)

Musical Artist ·

Robin Lewis Polite, Lloyd Polite, Sr.

King of Hearts, Street Love, Lessons in Love, Southside, Like Me: The Young Goldie EP

Chris Brown, Trey Songz, Ty Dolla Sign

Formerly of




76 kg


Lloyd Polite Jr. (born January 3, 1986), better known by his mononym Lloyd, is an American R&B singer-songwriter, dancer and actor. Lloyd began his career in music as a member of the preteen-boy band N-Toon. The group disbanded in 2001 and Lloyd embarked on a solo career in 2003. Lloyd subsequently signed a recording contract with Murder Inc. Records (formerly The Inc.) and Def Jam Recordings. In 2004, Lloyd released his solo debut single "Southside", the title-track of his debut album, Southside. The single features Ashanti, and it quickly charted on the US Billboard Hot 100, and became a Top 40 hit. His second album Street Love, was released on March 13, 2007. It featured top-twenty hits "You" and "Get It Shawty".


Lloyd smiling and wearing some sunglasses and a gray jacket.

Lloyd third album Lessons in Love, gave the singer his second top ten Billboard 200 album. Lloyd's career received an enormous boost in 2009–10 after being featured on the second single of Young Money's hit single "BedRock", gaining publicity from his presence on its guest list. Lloyd also released a 2009 EP entitled Like Me: The Young Goldie EP. On March 13, 2010, Lloyd signed to Interscope and Zone 4. His fourth album King of Hearts, was released July 5, 2011. The first single, "Lay It Down", became a top-ten hit on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.

Lloyd posing at the BET Awards with his tattoos visible and wearing a black leather jacket as well as eyeglasses and a necklace.

Lloyd singing

1986–2001: Early life and career beginnings

Lloyd smiling closed mouth with longer hair and thicker facial hair and wearing a black jacket.

Lloyd Polite, Jr. was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on January 3, 1986 to Lloyd Polite, Sr. and Robin Lewis Polite. Lloyd grew up in the Calliope Projects in Central City, New Orleans. He then moved to Decatur, Georgia. In Decatur he found his desire to sing and later relocated to New York City where he met Irv Gotti.

2003–07: Southside and Street Love

Lloyd posing and wearing a black hat along with a white spotted shirt.

In 2003, Lloyd was discovered and signed to Irv Gotti's The Inc. Records as a solo artist and released his debut album, Southside, on July 20, 2004. It debuted at number 11 on the US Billboard 200 and number three on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts, selling over the R&B singer Ashanti, managed to peak at number 24 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 13 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts. The second single, "Hey Young Girl" was released in August 2004 and peaked at number 61 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The third and final single, "Southside Remix" featured Ashanti and rapper Scarface. Later that year he featured on 8Ball & MJG's "Forever" and Tango Redd's "Let's Cheat". In 2004, Lloyd was featured on label-mate Ja Rule's "Caught Up"; the song saw minor success in the United States, reaching number 65 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. However, on the UK Singles Chart the song peaked at number 20.

The singer reentered the recording studios to begin work with producers Bryan-Michael Cox, James Lackey, Jazze Pha, Big Reese and Jasper Cameron and The Inc.'s 7 Aurelius. Released on March 13, 2007, Street Love debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop albums charts, with sales of 145,000 copies emerging as Lloyd's highest debut and biggest first week. It eventually received a gold certification, and has sold over half a million copies domestically. The album's lead single, Jasper Cameron-penned "You", featured rapper Lil Wayne, was a big commercial success, becoming his first top ten single on the Hot 100. In addition, it reached the top position on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The single reached number 45 in the United Kingdom and number 25 in New Zealand. The second single "Get It Shawty" reached number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number four on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts. It also reached number 37 in the United Kingdom. The third and final single, "Player's Prayer", was released and peaked at number 74 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The song was not promoted and didn't receive a music video. Later in 2007, he was featured on Huey's "When I Hustle" and Dem Franchize Boyz's "Turn Heads", both songs saw minor success in the United States, reaching number 80 and 75 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

2008–09: Lessons in Love

Lloyd looking at something and wearing a black attire.

Lessons in Love was released on August 4, 2008. "The title concept derives from a schoolboy fantasy of mine, where I become a professor of a classroom full of gorgeous girls, and I feel the best thing I can give them that's really worth having is lessons in love!" he said about the issues worked into the tracks. The album debuted at number seven on the Billboard 200 and number one on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts, with moderately successful first-week sales 51,000 — about half as many as his previous effort, number two album Street Love. "How We Do It (Around My Way)", featured rapper Ludacris, was released as the first single, peaking at number 77 on the US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and number 75 on the UK charts. Due to the low success of the song, it only appeared on select versions of the album as a bonus track. The second single, "Girls Around the World", featured Lil Wayne and was a moderate hit. It peaked at number 64 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 13 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts. The third and final single was "Year of the Lover". The single version featured rapper Plies. It only peaked at number one on the Billboard Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles.

In June 2009, it was announced that Lloyd would depart from The Inc. Records. Lloyd stated that he was "focusing on just growing in general". A song titled "Pusha", produced by The Runners written by Lloyd, Raymond "Ray-Ray" Gordon, Sean "Slim" McMillion, and The Monarch and featuring Juelz Santana was leaked online. Juelz Santana was later replaced on the song by Lil Wayne but later both verses were put together and was released as the lead single from his EP, Like Me: The Young Goldie EP. Lloyd also collaborated with Lil Wayne on the song "BedRock" which is the second single from Lil Wayne's record label Young Money compilation album. On March 13 it was confirmed that Lloyd signed to Interscope Records.

2010–2012: King of Hearts & The Playboy Diaries series

Lloyd Polite Jr. smiling at an event and wearing a black suit and tie.

In May 2010, Lloyd teamed up with fellow New Orleans native Mystikal and recorded "Set Me Free". The video was shot primarily in the Calliope Projects of New Orleans. The song featured heavy brass sounds and a sample of "Unchain My Heart" by Ray Charles. On July 25, 2010, Lloyd announced via Twitter that his new album will be entitled King of Hearts. It was released on July 5, 2011 and on August 16, 2010, Lloyd released the first single entitled "Lay It Down". The second single was "Cupid" and the third single released was "Dedication to My Ex (Miss That)"; to date the single is Lloyd's biggest international hit peaking at number three on the Australian and UK charts. The song features André 3000 of OutKast and is narrated by Lil Wayne. The fourth single released from the album is "Be the One" featuring Trey Songz and Young Jeezy. The single was released on December 18 and the music video premiered as the Jam Of The Week on MTV Jams.

On October 29, 2012, Lloyd released his first mixtape The Playboy Diaries Vol. 1. It features Lil Wayne, August Alsina, Trae Tha Truth among others. In January 2013 Lloyd released a song called "Twerk Off" featuring rapper Juicy J and was produced by Drumma Boy.

2016–present: Tru and Out My Window

On May 6, 2016, he released his first single in five years titled "Tru", with the audio for the song released on YouTube 12 days later. On June 23, 2016 during an interview, Lloyd would reveal that he had signed a new distribution deal with Empire. Lloyd announced the release of his fifth studio album titled "Out My Window" on October 25, 2016. On November 7th Lloyd announced via his Instagram that he would be releasing a new EP before his album on December 9, 2016 titled "Tru".

Personal life

On September 3, 2010, Lloyd cut off his signature long hair & donated it to charity. On July 6, 2011, Lloyd revealed a new tattoo of "Guns & Roses" that was tattooed on the back of his head. On March 14, 2016 it was announced & revealed that Lloyd had earned his GED certificate. In an August 2016 interview with Sway Calloway, Lloyd explains his hiatus through the lyrics of his song "Tru", expressing how he lost an unborn child to an abortion and that it "left a big hole", while also detailing other family issues.


While on a 2012 concert tour in New Zealand, Lloyd and several members of his entourage were interviewed by Auckland police over the vicious assault of a local father in front of children in a suburban playground. A witness to the incident had said Lloyd and his group had approached a couple earlier in the day looking for drugs. Local media reported Lloyd and his associates narrowly escaped prosecution, leaving the country the next day.


  • Southside (2004)
  • Street Love (2007)
  • Lessons in Love (2008)
  • King of Hearts (2011)
  • Out My Window (TBA)
  • Filmography

    2019 The Bobby DeBarge Story (TV Movie)
    Gregory Williams
    2016 Atlanta (TV Series)
    - Nobody Beats the Biebs (2016)
    2012 Harvey Stripes Feat. Lloyd: Come On (Music Video)
    Lloyd (as Lloyd)
    2012 August Alsina Feat. Lloyd: Sucka (Music Video)
    Lloyd Polite (as Lloyd)
    2012 Wale Feat. Lloyd: Sabotage (Music Video)
    Lloyd Polite (as Lloyd)
    2011 Lloyd Feat. Trey Songz & Young Jeezy: Be the One (Music Video)
    Lloyd Polite
    2010 Lloyd Feat. 50 Cent: Let's Get It In (Music Video)
    Lloyd Polite
    2010 Lloyd Banks Feat. Lloyd: Any Girl (Music Video)
    Lloyd Polite (as Lloyd)
    2010 When the Lights Go Out (Video)
    2009 Young Money: BedRock (Music Video)
    Lloyd Polite
    2009 Jibbs Feat. Lloyd: The Dedication (Music Video)
    Lloyd Polite
    2007 Pitbull Feat. Lloyd: Secret Admirer (Music Video)
    Lloyd Polite
    2005 One on One (TV Series)
    - Save the First Dance (2005) ... A-Train (as Lloyd Polite Jr.)
    - Rock and a Hard Place (2005) ... A-Train (as Lloyd Polite Jr.)
    2004 Ciara Feat. Missy Elliott: 1, 2 Step (Music Video)
    2004 Destiny's Child Feat. T.I. & Lil Wayne: Soldier (Music Video)
    Lloyd Polite
    2004 Lloyd: Southside (Remix) (Music Video)
    2004 Lloyd & Ashanti: Southside (Music Video)
    2010 Lloyd Feat. 50 Cent: Let's Get It In (Music Video)
    2010 Lloyd Banks Feat. Lloyd: Any Girl (Music Video)
    2009 Young Money: BedRock (Music Video)
    Additional Crew
    2003 Talaash: The Hunt Begins... (dance assistant - as Lloyd)
    2002 Humraaz (assistant choreographer - as Lloyd)
    N/A Atlanta (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2016) (writer - 1 episode, 2016)
    - Go for Broke (2016) ... (performer: "Get It Shawty" - uncredited) / (writer: "Get It Shawty" - uncredited)
    2015 Magic Mike XXL (performer: "Feel It" - as Lloyd) / (writer: "Feel It")
    N/A Todd's Pop Song Reviews (TV Series documentary) (performer - 2 episodes, 2010 - 2012) (writer - 2 episodes, 2010 - 2012)
    - The Top Ten Worst Hit Songs of 2004 (2012) ... (performer: "Southside", "Dedication to My Ex (Miss That)", "BedRock" - as Lloyd) / (writer: "BedRock")
    - Bedrock (2010) ... (performer: "Bedrock") / (writer: "Bedrock")
    2012 The Block (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
    - Red House Elimination: Night 3 (2012) ... (performer: "Dedication to My Ex (Miss That)" - uncredited)
    2012 Dancing with the Stars (TV Series) (1 episode)
    - Episode #14.1 (2012) ... ("Dedication to My Ex (Miss That)")
    2011 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (TV Series) (performer - 2 episodes)
    - Episode #20.26 (2011) ... (performer: "Dedication to My Ex")
    - Episode #20.21 (2011) ... (performer: "Dedication to My Ex")
    2011 Entourage (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
    - Motherfucker (2011) ... (performer: "Dedication to My Ex" - uncredited)
    2008 Grand Theft Auto IV (Video Game) ("Get It Shawty", uncredited)
    2007 So You Think You Can Dance (TV Series) (performer - 2 episodes)
    - Top 20 Results (2007) ... (performer: "Get It Shawty")
    - Top 20 (2007) ... (performer: "Get It Shawty")
    2019 Display (TV Series)
    Self / Self - Special Guest
    - Don't Mute DC (2019) ... Self
    - Lloyd (2019) ... Self - Special Guest
    - Wrap Up (2019) ... Self
    2019 Great Day Washington (TV Series)
    Self - Actor: The Bobby DeBarge Story
    - Episode dated 19 June 2019 (2019) ... Self - Actor: The Bobby DeBarge Story (as Lloyd)
    2019 Song Association (TV Series)
    - Lloyd (2019) ... Self
    2019 Unsung (TV Series documentary)
    - Lloyd (2019) ... Self (as Lloyd)
    2011 Fashion News Live (TV Series)
    - Episode #9.32 (2011) ... Self
    2011 2011 Soul Train Awards (TV Special)
    Self (as Lloyd)
    2007 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (2007-2011 TV Series)
    Self - Musical Guest
    - Episode #20.26 (2011)
    - Episode #15.48 (2007)
    2011 Lopez Tonight (TV Series)
    Self - Musical Guest
    - Episode dated 27 June 2011 (2011)
    2011 Rip the Runway '11 (TV Special)
    Self (as Lloyd)
    2011 The Mo'Nique Show (TV Series)
    - Episode dated 1 February 2011 (2011) ... Self (as Lloyd)
    2010 VEVO's ASK: REPLY (TV Series)
    Self (as Lloyd)
    2008 MTV Tr3s Fashionista (TV Special)
    Self (as Lloyd)
    2007 Live with Kelly and Ryan (TV Series)
    - Episode dated 5 July 2007 (2007) ... Self (as Lloyd Harlin Polite Jr)
    2007 BET Awards 2007 (TV Special)
    2007 So You Think You Can Dance (TV Series)
    Self - Musical Guest
    - Top 20 Results (2007) ... Self - Musical Guest (as Lloyd)
    2007 Showtime at the Apollo (TV Series)
    - Lloyd (2007) ... Self (as Lloyd)
    2006 Bring That Year Back 2006: Laugh Now, Cry Later (TV Special)
    Self (as Lloyd)
    2006 106 & Park (TV Series)
    - Lloyd's New Joint of the Day 'You' (2006) ... Self
    2000 Double Dare 2000 (TV Series)
    - No Authority vs. N'Toon
    Archive footage
    2006 106 & Park (2006-2007 V Series)
    Self - 'Get It Shawty' Video / Self - 'You' Video
    - Celebrity Week: Julissa and Trey Songz in the Building (2007) ... Self - 'Get It Shawty' Video
    - Musiq Soulchild New Joint of the Day (2007) ... Self - 'Get It Shawty' Video
    - The Return of Slim Thug (2007) ... Self - 'Get It Shawty' Video
    - The Notorious B.I.G. Ten Years Later (2007) ... Self - 'You' Video
    - Fantasia in the Building (2006) ... Self - 'You' Video (as Lloyd)


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