What with Nicki Minaj having gone and signed herself away to Britney Spears’ tour this summer, Lil Wayne needed some new opening acts for the next leg of his I Am Still Music Tour. Enter–along with Keri Hilson, Rick Ross, and, uh, the Far East Movement–Lloyd, the sweet-voiced Atlanta crooner who, as it happens, has a new album called King of Hearts coming out next month (barring any more delays; this thing’s been in the works for far too long) and who has actually had the Weezy assist on two of his best tracks to date.
“You,” from 2007’s Street Love, transforms the hook of Spandau Ballet’s “True” into a mournful bed where Lloyd promises to change his player ways. (The Andre 3000/Nas remix is also worthy of your time.)
“Girls Around The World,” meanwhile, has Lloyd in full-on falsetto mode; it samples the 1974 soul classic “Ashley’s Roachclip” and has Weezy paying lyrical tribute to Rakim’s verse from “Paid In Full,” which also nabs the beat of that song.
There have been rumors of a “Best of Both Worlds”-style collab album pairing up the two for a while, although at this point, I’ll just settle for a joint set with these songs (and the hook to the Young Money posse cut “Bed Rock”) and King of Hearts‘ eventual release. The big-hearted “Cupid” is scheduled to appear on the album, and its blend of boomy beats and sugar-sweet singalong soul is absolutely lovely.
As of now, the only area-ish date for the tour is July 16, when it lands at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, N.J.