Genres: R&B / Soul
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Decades: 2000s


Lloyd Harlin Polite Jnr., 3 January 1986, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Polite, who grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, was singing from an early age. His precocious vocal talents resulted in an offer to join the teen pop group N-Toon, a unit assembled in 1996 by Joyce Irby of 80s soulsters Klymaxx. N-Toon never made much of a commercial impact and split up not long after releasing 2000’s Toon Time. Leaving his teen pop past behind him, Polite then began remarketing himself as an R&B artist. He was talent-spotted by L.A. Reid who recommended him to Murder Inc. boss Irv Gotti. A contract with Gotti’s rebranded The Inc. label ensued, and the company enjoyed immediate commercial success when they teamed Polite (now known simply as Lloyd) with labelmate Ashanti on ‘Southside’. This sensuous ballad reached the R&B Top 20 in early 2004 and also broke into the mainstream Top 30. An album of the same name followed later in the year, but the rather...

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