It takes an award-winning producer to hook up with a smooth sounding sensational hip hop artist so that when the two come together, they create a formidable musical force.
Welcome to Polow Da Don’s world, hitmaker extraordinaire of the musical masses. Success is at his fingertips. The proof is, as they say, in the pudding, having produced a menagerie of chart-toppers: Pussycat Dolls, Ciara, Fergie, Ludacris, Mario, and New Kids on the Block. Sound like an impressive line up? It is. The one-time rapper is in it to win it and his latest collaboration with hip hopper Lloyd definitely scores big.
Lloyd shares that glow of success, already putting out three top 3 R&B/Hip Hop albums for the people. Hits like “Get It Shawty,” “Southside,” and “You” paved the way to establish the seductive songmaster as a star in the hip hop universe, a wide, expansive place where only talent can get you there, then keep you soaring.
Lloyd and Polow Da Don stacked the deck with “King of Hearts,” scheduled to be released July 5, 2011. Recorded on the Zone 4 Records, this album is a hand full of aces, a winning hand of musicians who drop by to lend their voices to the endeavor. The sound is hot and heavy with appearances by Lil Wayne, Keri Hilson, Andre 3000, Young Jeezy, Chris Brown, Trey Songz, R Kelly, and more.
The track “Lay It Down” has already blasted the charts, garnering a spot in the R&B/Hip Hop Top 5. Following close behind, Lloyd’s current single from the album, “Cupid,” is skyrocketing up the R&B/Hip Hop Top 10.
To promote the album, Lloyd will be featured on Lil Wayne’s I Am Still Music Tour, which gets under way on July 13, and plays all summer long to hip hop audiences across the U.S. until September 11.
Sitting up high on the music charts is not no-man’s land for Lloyd; it’s a place he’s been before. Bursting on the hip hop scene in 2004 with solo debut “Southside,” he made his statement when the album took off and rested at the number three spot of the R&B Hip/Hop chart. Add to that a pretty position on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart at a respectable number 11.
But Lloyd was just getting revved up.His 2008 release of “Lessons of Love” captured the number 1 position on the R&B/Hip Hop chart, spinning off the showstopping tune with old friend Lil Wayne, “Girls Around the World,” a Top 20 R&B smash. Crossing over was no hurdle for the talented artist. Lloyd rocked the Pop/R&B charts earlier this year as a featured guest with Young Money on “BedRock, ” catapulting the tune to the number 2 spot. Sweet!
The 24-year old hip-hop artist has new dimensions to discover as he proves he is a musical master to be reckoned with. Lloyd deals a fresh hand with “King of Hearts.” In the meantime, Lloyd will continue to churn out hits, all with a little help from his friends, of course.