Back In The Game

Up until this point, Lloyd's career hasn't gone quite as planned. "I came to play ball but was sitting on the sidelines," the R&B singer recalls of watching friends like Bobby Valentino score hit

Up until this point, Lloyd's career hasn't gone quite as planned. "I came to play ball but was sitting on the sidelines," the R&B singer recalls of watching friends like Bobby Valentino score hit singles. "I kept thinking I could change the game if I had some time on the court."

The newly minted 21-year-old isn't sitting on the sidelines now. The singer/songwriter is jump-starting interest in his sophomore set, "Street Love," thanks to the hit single "You." Featuring rapper Lil' Wayne, the radio-friendly R&B/hip-hop love song is the first single from Lloyd's new album -- whose release will inaugurate the joint venture established last September between Irv Gotti's the Inc. Records (formerly Murder Inc.) and Universal Motown.

Pumping up "You" is the song's bouncy beat, which incorporates a sample of "True" by Spandau Ballet (formerly utilized in the P.M. Dawn smash "Set Adrift on Memory Bliss"). Not to be discounted is the vocal interplay between Lloyd and Lil' Wayne, both of whom hail from New Orleans.

"Our fathers were both murdered when we were kids," says Lloyd, who was born in New Orleans and grew up in Atlanta. "Music is our refuge, our distraction from destruction."