Posts Tagged ‘Lloyd’

‘SOULQUARIUS’ Brings R&B Greats, Past & Present, to West Coast Fans!

When the flyer for the inaugural SOULQUARIUS Festival in Santa Ana, California dropped in late 2016, R&B lovers everywhere went crazy over the line-up of scheduled performers.  From throwback artists like Jon B. and DMX to current R&B tastemakers such as Ro James, Jhené Aiko, and BJ The Chicago Kid, there was no denying that this event was guaranteed to be a lituation.

Fear of getting rained out and continuous flooding from California’s big storm may have had most on edge but, that didn’t stop ticket holders from coming out in droves to get a taste of what their favorite performers have to offer. Of course, there were a few mishaps along the way (like any huge festival has during their opening year), but SOULQUARIUS — aside from its massive lineup — has plenty of reasons why it should be the R&B festival that you don’t want to miss from here on out.

Delivering a jammed packed mash-up of lovable R&B artists and a few of rap’s most influential, SOULQUARIUS made sure to leave festival enthusiasts with a need to get their coins up for next year.

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Lloyd Talks Being An Independent Artist, New Music & More on ‘The Breakfast Club’

On Thursday (Feb. 2), Lloyd was in New York and paid a visit to Power 105.1 to chat with ‘The Breakfast Club.’ The R&B singer/songwriter released his comeback project, the Tru EP in December, which was lead by the introspective title track. During the conversation, Lloyd spoke about his decision to become an independent artist, spending important and quality time with his family while he was away from music, and his inspiration to come back.

The New Orleans native also addressed his falling out with Irv Gotti (the head of his previous label The Inc.), but how he has stayed close with fellow artists Ashanti and Ja Rule. He also revealed that he has visuals on the way for tracks off Tru, including the sexy “Excited” which should be first.

Speaking about his experiences and what he’s learned coming back to music Lloyd explained: “I want people to know that sometimes when you stay true to yourself, through it all, that things come around for you. You just gotta be patient, have a strong head and keep the right people around you.”

Check out the full interview below.

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ThisisRnB Presents: 17 R&B Albums to Sweat in 2017

Producing the soundtrack to a year that brought us both huge ups and downs, 2016 was arguably one of the better years for R&B that we’ve seen in a while. With releases from the likes of Queen Bey, her sister Solange, Anderson .Paak, Bruno Mars, and Tank, it’s hard to imagine how 2017 could ever out do last year. Trust us though, this year definitely won’t see a shortage of good tunes.

As R&B artists continue to blur the genre lines, expect to hear more variety from your faves. Whether you’re into traditional R&B, something with a little more funk, trap-soul, electronic- or alternative-R&B, 2017 is sure to have something crafted just for you.

A class of much talked about newcomers, including Kehlani, and Jacquees, will deliver highly awaited debuts. Exciting follow-up 2nd and 3rd albums are expected from the likes of Jhené Aiko and August Alsina. And with vets like Trey Songz and Ne-Yo prepping comebacks, there are plenty of projects that are sure to top most fans sweat lists.

Take a look at the albums that we are most excited to see and hear this year, with our “17 R&B Albums To Sweat in 2017” below!

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Watch: Lloyd Performs “Tru” Acoustic

It’s been a great year for R&B star Lloyd, who made a spectacular return with his heartfelt single “Tru” and EP of the same name.

On Christmas Day, the singer/songwriter gave fans a special gift with an acoustic in-studio performance of “Tru.”

Dressed in holiday-friendly plaid, Lloyd plays guitar while baring his soul. Next to friends, he shares his story, while celebrating his new perspective on his career.

It’s an intimate performance for Lloyd, who is now readying his forthcoming album, Out My Window, his first LP since 2011’s King of Hearts.

Watch the special performance below.

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R. Kelly, Erykah Badu, Ashanti & Ja Rule, Jhené Aiko & Many More Join “Soulquarius” Lineup

SOULQUARIUS is bringing a dream team of R&B stars to one stage!

The star-studded festival is set to take place at The Observatory Grounds in Santa Ana, California on Feb. 18 with headliners R. Kelly, Erykah Badu, and a joint set from Ja Rule and Ashanti.

Jhené Aiko, Brandy, Monica, The-Dream, Kelis, Mya, The Internet, and Willow Smith are also on the bill. Other R&B stars on deck include Ameriie, Ro James, BJ the Chicago Kid, Lloyd, Eric Bellinger, Jon B, and a reunited Pretty Ricky.

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Stream Lloyd’s ‘Tru’ EP

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After a five-year hiatus Lloyd has returned with his anticipated EP, Tru.  The R&B crooner may have experienced a lot of special life moments during his time away from music, but he picks up right where he left off with the stellar 5-track project, named after the introspective title track.

Beyond the single and its remix featuring 2 Chainz, the EP is comprised of the tracks “Heavenly Body” featuring Rick Ross, “Holding” featuring Lil Wayne and “Excited.”

“I’ve never attacked the content of my life like this,” Lloyd told Billboard. “The EP and album were inspired by all kinds of biographical storylines of the past few years. And the bottom line message is that there’s nothing wrong with being who you are. I really enjoy the fact that no one is perfect or imperfect. That’s the message I’m sharing.”

Stunning fans with the bold cover image, which features Lloyd sitting completely nude on a rock waterfall in the woods of north Georgia, the photo is symbolic of his inspiration for the music. “It was really more of an introspective thing,” he told Complex. “Although what you see on the outside is a guy who is apparently balls-to-the-wall naked in the woods near a waterfall, it’s really a moment for me to conquer all the fears that I might have had. All the inhibitions, the insecurities that usually exist in a person; to me it’s no exception. Insecurities of the body, being free in a public place.”

This was particularly important for Lloyd because he says the album is meant to showcase that bare naked honesty. “People try to hide their flaws,” he says, “but I think the flaws make them a beautiful person. And that’s what Tru is all about.”

Next year, Lloyd is planning to release his first full-length album since 2011’s King of Hearts, the project will be titled Out My Window.

Stream his Tru EP below.

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New Music: Lloyd feat. Lil Wayne – Holding

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Lloyd had a surprise up his sleeve. The R&B crooner is set to release his anticipated new EP, Tru, tomorrow Friday (Dec. 9), but today the singer has given us another preview of the project with “Holding,” which now features a verse from Lil Wayne.

Singing the praises of his special lady, Lloyd promises to always love and keep his baby safe. “Turn that G into a love machine / All I need is your lovin’ baby (on me) / You hold my heat, you roll my weed / You’re so my speed, you’re all I need,” he sings.

While Wayne dedicates some bars to his own Bonnie, “Real bitch forever / I’m the only one she down for / Most of these hoes bloodhounds / She don’t even hound blood,” raps Weezy.

Tru hits all digital stores and streaming platforms tomorrow (Dec. 9). In the meantime take a listen to Lloyd and Wayne reconnect on “Holding” below.

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Lloyd on Being ‘Tru’ to Himself: ‘I’m Simply Picking Up Where I Left Off’

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Lloyd‘s anticipated new EP Tru is due out this Friday (Dec. 9), lead by the title track, which has been climbing the Billboard Hot R&B Songs chart, currently at No. 16.

But, don’t call Lloyd’s five-year absence a comeback. “I’m simply picking up where I left off,” Lloyd told Billboard. “It’s not a comeback. I’m just making up for some lost time.”

And he’s doing so with the most introspective and honest material he’s ever presented, as fans will learn on the forthcoming EP. Beyond the single and its remix featuring 2 Chainz, the EP is comprised of the tracks “Heavenly Body” featuring Rick Ross, “Holding” and “Excited.”

“I’ve never attacked the content of my life like this,” says Lloyd. “The EP and album were inspired by all kinds of biographical storylines of the past few years. And the bottom line message is that there’s nothing wrong with being who you are. I really enjoy the fact that no one is perfect or imperfect. That’s the message I’m sharing.”

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