Atlanta may be acclaimed for its hip-hop scene, but the city also gave us one of R&B's smoothest, flyest vocalists. After a long hiatus, "Southside" crooner Lloyd returned in December with his long-awaited comeback EP, Tru.
Calling the five-track release the "most personal and introspective" project of his life, Lloyd attributed his openness on the EP to focusing more on those around him. "When you start to care about things that are bigger than yourself, then it can take you to a place of sacrifice—sacrificing anything pretentious or selfish," he explains.
Set to follow up Tru with a full-length album titled Out of My Window, the 31-year-old also opened up about self-acceptance throughout his career.
"I record under no moniker. I don't have an alias, you know? I don't have an alternative ego. It's Lloyd," he says. "And as much as I may have resented that at certain times in my life where I'd wished I could be something else, I've grown more comfortable in my own skin. I'm more understanding of who I am."
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