Lloyd Polite, Jr. (born January 3, 1986), who performs under the mononym Lloyd, is an American recording artist from New Orleans, Louisiana.
Lloyd Polite Jr. was born in New Orleans on January 3rd, 1986. And contrary to popular belief he does not have a middle name. He currently resides in Atlanta, GA. He attended Stephenson High School. He was discovered by Joyce Irby and at the age of 12 was in the pre-teen group N-Toon, alongside younger brother “Chuckie.” The group won Nickelodeon’s cancelled show Double Dare 2000 against No Authority, and the group was signed to DreamWorks Records. Although two singles were released (“Ready” and “Shoulda Been My Girl”), their debut album Toon Time to be “Hey Young Girl”. Unfortunately, as MCA Records dissolved into its parent company, Geffen Records, many of the artists on its roster were let go, including Lloyd. However, using “Hey Young Girl” as a demo, he landed a new recording contract with Irv Gotti at The Inc./Def Jam Records.
“Southside”, a duet with label mate Ashanti, became Lloyd’s debut single and an R&B hit. The follow-up single was “Hey Young Girl”. His childhood friend Ciara was in the video, and he is in the video of her hit “1, 2 Step”. The two grew up together, and she thanks him in her Goodies cd, saying “Lloyd aka young ladi love you so much!”. Both singles appeared on His 2004 debut album, titled Southside.
After that, Lloyd appeared singing hooks on singles for label mate Ja Rule on “Caught Up” as well as on rapper Tango Redd’s “Let’s Cheat”. He also made an appearances in R&B singer Sammie’s video “You Should Be My Girl” with Teairra Mari, Crime Mob’s “Rock Yo Hips”.
2006–07: Street Love
In 2006, a newly recorded track titled “You” surfaced, appearing on Lloyd’s MySpace page. It featured Lil Wayne, Cash Chewy (an alternate version featured Tango Redd). Lloyd’s second studio album, titled Street Love, was released on March 13, 2007. It was certified Gold by the RIAA in April 2007. The second single “Get It Shawty” was also very successful, reaching the top twenty on the pop charts. The single proved to be more pop friendly and gained more airplay on Top 40 stations during the summer of 2007, and was featured in Grand Theft Auto IV’s R&B tracklist. By the time the third single “Player’s Prayer” was released, it was thought that interest in the album had disappeared, but it proved to be a huge success.
2008–09: Lessons in Love/Departure from The Inc.
Lloyd’s third album Lessons in Love was released in August 2008. The song “How We Do It (Around My Way)” was promoted as a single in early 2008, but only appeared on select versions of the album. “Girls Around the World” was the next single. Speaking of the album’s theme to noted UK R&B writer Pete Lewis of the award-winning Blues & Soul, Lloyd stated: “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!”
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” He also announced that he was going to make a song called “Love You Anyway”.
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 off his EP, Like Me: The Young Goldie EP. Lloyd also collaborated with Lil Wayne on the song “Bedrock” which is the second single off Lil Wayne’s record label Young Money compilation album. On March 13 it was confirmed that Lloyd signed to Interscope Records.
2010-Present: King of Hearts
On July 25, 2010 Lloyd announced via Twitter his new album entitled King of Hearts, due in the first quarter of 2011. On August 15th, Lloyd released the first single from King of Hearts, “Lay It Down”.