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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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Lloyd Unveils ‘Tru’ EP Cover & Tracklisting

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Look at Lloyd!

The R&B crooner is baring it all on the cover of his anticipated new project Tru, which finds the singer appearing naked on a large moss-covered rock waterfall.

The 5-track EP, due out Dec. 9 includes features from Rick Ross (“Heavenly Body”) and 2 Chainz, who guests on the remix to the title track.

Speaking about appearing naked on the cover, Lloyd says he was able to symbolically share some of his vulnerabilities. “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.”

According to Lloyd, the location in North Georgia where the cover was shot was also instrumental to his recording process. “I would go there and oftentimes no one would be there,” he explained. “I would say to myself, ‘Man, I wish I could just run around here naked. It would feel so free.’ I said, you know what, that’s what I’m going to do for the cover art.”

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.”

Following Tru, Lloyd is working on his next album Out My Window, which will be his first full-length project since 2011’s King of Hearts.

See the tracklisting for Tru below.

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Watch Lloyd Sing A Live Acoustic Version of “You”

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Young Lloyd still got it y’all!

In a sit down with Sacramento’s Hot 103.5 radio station, the Tru singer gave a small group of lucky fans an intimate performance singing his 2007 hit, “You.” Seated at the front of the room with just a microphone and his guitar, he gave an updated rendition of his song complete with a key change and a few extra riffs.

Showing off his infectious personality, he interacted with the audience and laughed when they suggested he sing “five two” instead of “fine too.” As Lloyd began to sing the chorus, the audience sang along with him and he thanked them for being “the most beautiful choir ever.”

Lloyd recently released a remix to his new single “Tru” with 2 Chainz, and it’s accompanying EP will be released on December 9th.

Check out the performance below.

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New Music: Lloyd feat. 2 Chainz – Tru (Remix)

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Through it all, Lloyd just wants to keep it “Tru.”

The R&B crooner’s introspective comeback single, just got a little bit deeper with the official remix featuring 2 Chainz.

The ATL rap star kicks off the track with a few thought-provoking questions. “I want you to look in the mirror right now. I want you to ask yourself, ‘Are you happy with what you see? Are you happy of what you’ve become and where you’re going in life?’,” asks Chainz.

Then, he recalls less-privileged days without heat, when it was hard to get rest. “To my loved ones, still can’t sleep at night / Need an Ambien, an ambulance with lights,” he raps while Lloyd keeps his original, sincere verses about his time away from music.

Lloyd is currently prepping for the release of his Tru EP, which is due out Dec. 9. Take a listen to the title track’s remix below.

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