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Who is Lloyd Polite, Jr?

Who is Lloyd Polite, Jr.? ,[1]The rap and hip hop world knows him by his stage name Lloyd. Lloyd is anAmerican contemporary R&B singer, who experienced as a member of the group N-Toon before embarking on a solo career in 2004.
In 2004, he released his solo debut single/album, "Southside" which featured Ashanti, which quickly charted on the Billboard Hot 100, and became a top thirty hit. His second album, Street Love, was released on March 13, 2007. It featured top-ten and twenty hit "You" and "Get It Shawty". His third album, "Lessons in Love", give the singer his second top ten Billboard 200 album. Lloyd's career received a boost by being featured in the second single of Young Money's top-ten U.S. hit BedRock, gaining publicity from his presence on its guest list. Lloyd also released a 2009 EP entitled "Like Me: The Young Goldie EP", including a promo single "Pusha". On March 13, Lloyd signed to Interscope/Zone 4. His next album King of Hearts will be released later this year. The first single, "Lay It Down" is already a top-ten hit on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs
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Early life

Lloyd Polite Jr. was born January 3, 1986 in New Orleans, Louisiana on January 3, 1986. He has been a resident of Atlanta, GA since the age of 2. He attended Stephenson High School. At the age of eight, Polite began doing musical theatre at Avondale Elementary, a Performing Arts school. He was discovered at the age of 10, while rehearsing for a show at school, by singer Joyce Irby. Irby immediately joined Polite to the pre-teen urban pop quartet 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 proved to be a disappointment. Later that year, MCA Records crossed over into its parent company, Geffen Records. Many of the artists on its roster were let go, including N-Toon. The group disbanded early 2001. The same year, Polite signed his first solo record deal under basketball player Magic Johnson’s MJM label

Musical career

2004–05: Southside





By 2004, Lloyd was re-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 U.S. Billboard 200 and 3 on the "Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums" charts, selling over 67,000 copies in its first week. The first single, "Southside", featured label-mate R&B singer Ashanti, managed to peaked at number 24 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 13 on the "Top R&B/Hip-Hop Song" charts. The second single, "Hey Young Girl" was released in August 2000 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 was featured on 8Ball & MJG's "Forever" and Tango Redd's "Let's Cheat". In 2005, 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" charts. However, the song peaked at number 20 on the UK Singles Chart.


2006–09: Street Love

The singer re-entered recording studios to start 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 Billboard`s 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop albums chart, with sales of 145,000 copies emerging as Lloyd's highest debut and biggest first week.[2] It eventually received a goldcertification, and has sold over half-a-million copies domestically.[3] The album's lead single, Jasper Cameron-penned "You", featured rapperLil' Wayne, was a big commercial successes, becoming his first top ten single on Billboard 200. In addition, it reached the top position of theBillboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts. The single reached number 45 in the United Kingdom and number 25 in New Zealand. The second single "Get It Shawty" reaching number sixteen on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number 4 on the "Top R&B/Hip-Hop Song" chart. It also reach number 72 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 Song" charts. The song was not promoted and didn't receive a music video.
Later 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" charts.

2008–09: Lessons in Love and departure from The Inc.

"Lessons in Love" was released 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.[4] The album debuted at number seven on the Billboard 200 and number one on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albumscharts, with moderately successful first week sales 51,000— about half as much as his previous effort, number-two album Street Love.[5][6]"How We Do It (Around My Way)", featured rapper Ludacris, was released a first single, peaking at number 77 Billboard's "Top R&B/Hip-Hop Songs" charts 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 was a moderate hit. It peaked at number 64 on the BillboardHot 100 and number 13 on the "Top R&B/Hip-Hop Song" 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".[7][8]
A song titled "Pusha", produced by The Runners written by Lloyd, Raymond "Ray-Ray" Gordon, Sean "Slim" Mcmillion, and The Monarchand featuring Juelz Santana was leaked online.[9] 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.[10] 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.[11]

2010-Present: King of Hearts

On July 25, 2010, Lloyd announced via Twitter his new album was titled King of Hearts. On August 16, 2010, Lloyd released the first single entitled "Lay It Down". The second single is "Let's Get It In" and it features G-Unit rapper 50 Cent. The Album is set to be released on March 15, 2011.[12]

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