Lloyd is back and as he prepares his comeback album, he’s given the world a treat with a surprise EP TRU that releases this Friday, December 9th.
One thing the R&B crooner wants us to know in his return is now all the decisions and music he makes is him being “TRU” to himself. You can expect to hear him discuss a lot of the struggles he has gone through in his past in all five tracks like we heard in lead single “TRU”.
After an interview here’s what he had to say about his forthcoming EP and new found life via Billboard:
“I’ve never attacked the content of my life like this,” says Lloyd. “The EP and album were inspired by all kinds of biographical storylines of the past few years. And the bottom line message is that there’s nothing wrong with being who you are. I really enjoy the fact that no one is perfect or imperfect. That’s the message I’m sharing.”
Career success aside, Lloyd says his five-year recording hiatus was more about simply living life than anything else. During that period, he helped his sister graduate from medical school (“a big moment,” says Lloyd), watched his niece being born, earned his GED (“which I wouldn’t have considered before”) and also learned to play the guitar. Out of that came something else he hadn’t initially anticipated: a renewed openness to experiment musically and lyrically.
“The only thing that can get in the way is yourself,” says Lloyd. “And now here was the chance to work on more intimate and experimental material. I didn’t expect to put ‘Tru’ out. I wasn’t even shopping it so I didn’t imagine it would mean any kind of a resurgence. But a friend through a friend through a friend heard it and found me.”
As for his provocative photo on the Tru EP cover taken in north Georgia, Lloyd says its another offshoot of his “way more fearless” outlook. “The same kid fans met before is still deep in me,” he explains. “But this Lloyd is more comfortable in his skin, having eliminated so many fears like how you might look to someone or what someone else may think of you. That’s what I’ve tried to tackle with this photo—and my new music.”
You can pre-order Lloyd’s EP now on iTunes and you’ll get the “TRU (Remix)” featuring 2-Chainz instantly as an early Holiday gift, while he works on his forthcoming album said to be titled Out My Window.