After parting ways from the group N-Toon and a hiatus to finish high school, Lloyd continued to record with southern producers. The single used "Hey Young Girl" has a demo, it landed the singer a recording contract with producer Irv Gotti. Gotti signed him to join his label The Inc. with Def Jam Records.
Southside yielded two singles. The album's lead single, "Southside", featuring label-mate Ashanti, was a success on the Billboard Hot 100 chart peaking at number twenty-four and the BillboardHot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs peaking at number thirteen. The second single, "Hey Young Girl" only manage peak at number sixty-one on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Though "Southside Remix" was considered to be released as the album's third single, it was not officially released but did have a video. It featured rapper Scarface and Ashanti.
David Jeffries of Allmusic gave the album 3 out of 5 stars and wrote "While there are no 'deep' moments on Southside, the glittery production is alive and inspired and Lloyd's cool persona never fails."