Lloyd Sheds Long Locks: 'This Is A New Me'

Outer change reflects inner change, King of Hearts singer says.

As [artist id="1245019"]Lloyd[/artist] started working on his new album, King of Hearts, that would be released through a new label (Interscope) and overseen by a new primary producer (Polow Da Don), the singer realized the project was the culmination of a period of growth for him.

To mark the moment, he decided to chop his trademark tresses.

"The only constant in life is change, and it's about evolving, and hopefully, changing for the better," Lloyd told MTV News on the BET Hip-Hop Awards black carpet. "I've changed a lot about me inside; there's things that you can't really see. The haircut is just, what I call the icing on the cake. It's just really about not being afraid to try anything new, which is what you hear with 'Lay It Down,' which is what you see with 'Right Now.'

"And with King of Hearts, I wanted to take a new approach, a new energy. And hair carries energy — not necessarily bad, but old. And this is a new me."

According to the former Murder Inc. affiliate, he's been thinking about a close-cropped cut for some time. Two years ago, while filming the video for 2008's "Girls Around the World," he and director Hype Williams discussed the haircut. At the time, however, Lloyd said he wasn't ready.

But while collaborating with Polow Da Don (Fergie, Usher, Keri Hilson), the singer said the material he was recording was "something I never done before, and I wanted to look that way too."

He donated his hair to Locks of Love, an organization that provides hairpieces to children.

"It was something that was bigger than me, and anytime you can be a part of something bigger than you, that's dope," he said.

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