Posted: Thursday – June 11, 2009 @ 4:05 AM
ATLANTA, GA – After three albums with Irv Gotti’s The Inc., R&B singer Lloyd is ready for a change of scenery. The 23-year-old singer/songwriter says there’s “no bad blood” between him and The Inc. but stressed that he feels his relationship with the label has “run its course.”
“I’m ready for a change,” says Lloyd. “There’s no bad blood. I just feel I need to take more control over my career and get a fresh start. Hopefully Irv can understand my position.”
In the five years since his debut CD, 2004’s “Southside,” Lloyd has been a mainstay on the R&B music scene. His sophomore release, 2007’s “Street Love” sold over 500,000 copies and featured the chart-topping hits “You” and “Get it Shawty.” His most recent release is 2008’s “Lessons in Love,” which spawned the hit single “Girls Around the World” featuring Lil Wayne. Lloyd’s follow-up mixtape, entitled “Lessons in Love 2.0,” was recently made available as a free download at www.myspace.com/lloyd.
Lloyd is currently working on another mixtape and finalizing plans for his yet
untitled fourth album. “We have plans to get in the studio with Jim Jonsin, The Runners, Cool & Dre, Rodney Jerkins and others,” he says. “In the future, I still hope to work with Irv as a producer as well.” Lloyd added that he is eager to explore opportunities that will allow him to take his career to the next level and offer a vehicle for him to supply his fans with more great music.
Commenting on Lloyd’s relationship with The Inc., Lloyd’s manager, Henry “Noonie” Lee, said, “We find ourselves in limbo for the second time in three years. It’s frustrating to know that opportunities to advance Lloyd’s career are out there but we can’t exploit them due to our current situation. Even though Lloyd is appreciative of the opportunity that has been afforded him by The Inc., he feels it’s time for him to move on and seek opportunities that will allow him to build and enhance his brand.”
Founded by music executive Irv Gotti and formerly known as Murder Inc., The Inc. last month announced the release of singer Ashanti from her contract. The label has also ended its three-year joint venture with Universal Records and has yet to partner with another major label.