I'm a believer in destiny," says Lloyd. "I needed someone who would push me; make me give my all. That's exactly what I was missing." The result, he adds, is bolder music; it's real music that affects real people.
Lloyd released three albums beginning with his 2004 debut, Southside. Peaking at No. 3 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and No. 11 on the Billboard 200, the set scored a top 20 hit with the title track featuring Ashanti. Lloyd earned his first gold album with 2007's Street Love (No. 2 Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums; No. 2 on the Billboard 200). The set also gave the singer his first No. 1 R&B/hip-hop single with "You" featuring Lil Wayne, which also went top 10 on the Hot 100. That was followed by second single "Get It Shawty," which netted No. 4 on the R&B/Hip-Hop chart and No. 16 on the Hot 100. Third album, 2008's Lessons in Love, found Lloyd and Lil Wayne rekindling their magic on the top 20 hit "Girls Around the World." The album itself peaked at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and No. 7 on the Billboard 200. Before "Lay It Down" began its ascent this summer, Lloyd added a No. 2 pop/R&B crossover hit to his belt earlier this year as the featured guest on Young Money's "Bedrock."
Lloyd's musical influences stem from his parents who met while attending Xavier University in Louisiana. His Mother and Father sang in the choir at their Baptist church in New Orleans where Lloyd's father eventually became the Choir Director. The excitement was so intense from the community to hear Lloyd Polite Sr. sing, he was able to walk into any Baptist Church in New Orleans, was known, welcomed, and loved. Lloyd was only 2 years old when he tragically lost his father who was killed in a violent shooting in New Orleans' infamous Calliope Projects. Not long after, his mother moved her young family to Atlanta where Lloyd would begin to follow in his father's musical footsteps by enrolling in performing arts school. In 2005, his family lost nearly all of their family photos during Hurricane Katrina, including the few remaining photos of his late father. Lloyd's only keepsake is the portrait of his father that is tattooed on his left arm. It serves as a constant source of inspiration for Lloyd, keeping him grounded and reminding him that family comes first.
A veteran of the music industry at only 24, a now a revitalized Lloyd is taking his career to the next level, ready to conquer the charts and win over new fans with King of Hearts.