B. Lloyd Raps
As mentioned previously, B. Lloyd's MySpace is a treasure-trove of B. Lloyd's music, but I still can't get past "I Get That Chedda." It's a remix of Fabolous's "Make Me Better," which B. Lloyd recorded along with local artists Chaotic and Vital, who also have MySpace pages. Chaotic's says he's rap's next "great white hope."
I asked Lloyd to compare himself to someone else musically; "Nobody, I'm like none other," he told me. "The best."
Anyhow, I personally dig "I Get That Chedda," and not just because I used to work selling cheese. This couplet clinched it for me:
[Bleep] me? Nah [bleep], [bleep] you;
I got a black car, gray car, blue car too.
Anyhow, the other thing is that the MySpace page points you to a Cigar Aficionado article about Lloyd from seven months ago, which I had previously missed. It's such a tremendously awesome article that I'm going to quote from it at length:
Lloyd does most of his smoking in the cigar room in his home in northern Virginia. It has leather couches, all the home entertainment and video games you could ask for and a state-of-the-art ventilation system. It also has two glass-paneled humidors, one dedicated to PadrÃ³n 1964s and the other to PadrÃ³n 1926s. "It's my man cave," says Lloyd. "When my wife and I bought the house, I told her she could have the entire house and that I only needed this one room. It's so sweet."
Though it can be tough for Lloyd to smoke as much as he wants during the season, he says that there are days when he'll smoke three cigars: one after breakfast, one after lunch and one late at night. His favorite Cuban cigar brand is Trinidad, he lists C.A.O. and Fuente as two other brands he really enjoys. His favorite, however, remain PadrÃ³ns. When I gave him a PadrÃ³n 80th Anniversary perfecto that was part of the cigar tasting at last year's Las Vegas Big Smoke, his eyes lit up. A big cigar measuring 6 3/4 inches by 54 ring gauge, Lloyd smoked it to the nub.
"They are just so smooth and easy. I usually smoke them until I'm burning my lip. In fact, one time I did burn my lip and I went into the locker room the next day and the guys were all over me for kissing something bad."
It's come to my attention that some local reporters and fans think Lloyd has too much style and not enough substance. That's not for me to judge. All I can tell you is that he will appear in this space often, especially if he keeps rapping about cheese. Next Pecorino Romano, please.
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