Lloyd Polite, Jr. (born January 3, 1986), who performs under the mononym Lloyd, is an American R&B recording artist, 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, “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 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, gave the singer his second top ten Billboard 200 album. Lloyd’s career received a enormous boost in 2009–10 by being featured in the second single of Young Money’s worldwide monster 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 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 Polite, Jr. was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on January 3, 1986 to Lloyd Polite, Sr. and Robin Lewis Polite. Lloyd was raised in Elmsford, and 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. 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.
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 US Billboard 200 and number three 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 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 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 chart. However, on the UK Singles Chart the song peaked at number 20.