Lloyd, "King of Hearts"

This Atlanta-based R&B crooner has utilized the extraordinary sweetness of his voice to get away with plenty of lines that would sound irredeemably sleazy coming from other singers. (Think of "Party All Over Your Body," from 2008's Lessons in Love, or Young Money's 2009 hit "BedRock," in which Lloyd delivered the "Flintstones"-inspired hook.) He outdoes himself, though, near the beginning of his fourth album with "Dedication to My Ex (Miss That)," a '60s-soul-style rave-up that finds Lloyd somehow turning a creepy accusation?"Your pussy done changed"?into a declaration of lost love. ("I'm about to kill this bitch," he cries later in the song. "She gave away all my shit!") Elsewhere on King of Hearts, which marks the star's fresh pact with Polow Da Don following a lengthy stint inside Irv Gotti's the Inc., Lloyd advises one lucky lady to fasten her seat belt in preparation for a bumpy ride ("Naked") and play-by-plays a strip-club visit with remarkable candor ("Shake It 4 Daddy"). Filth rarely feels this innocent.

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