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Lil' Mo

Lil' Mo in October 2005
Background information
Birth name Cynthia Loving
Born November 3, 1978 (1978-11-03) (age 31)
Origin Baltimore, Maryland
Long Island, New York,
United States
Genres R&B, Soul, Rap, Hip-Hop
Occupations Singer, Songwriter, Rapper
Instruments Vocals (Alto)
Years active 1998–present
Labels Elektra (2001-2004)
Cash Money (2004-2006)
G.M.G (2007-present)
Associated acts Missy Elliott, Ja Rule, Fabolous, Ol' Dirty Bastard, iamyungprince

Cynthia Loving (born November 3, 1978), also known by her stage name Lil' Mo, is an American R&B singer and songwriter. She is best known for collaborating with artists such as Ja Rule, Angie Martinez, Sacario, Missy Elliott, Ol' Dirty Bastard and Fabolous, and for her hit single "Superwoman Pt. II."


Personal life

Born into a military family, Loving was raised primarily on Long Island, but moved about regularly as her family followed her father's military assignments. Along with her parents, Bishop Jacob and First-Lady Cynthia Loving Sr., she lived in Texas, Atlanta, Georgia, and Fayetteville, North Carolina before settling in Baltimore, Maryland. Dreams of becoming a famous singer began early and she always remained focused on this goal, performing in talent competitions wherever her family would settle.

"Sometimes it was like: ‘why even unpack.’ But I got into music early, I always loved performing, and my family encouraged it. I used to dream of being a star in New York City. I used to enter talent contests wherever we went. If you listen to the interlude before the song My Story, you get an idea of what I mean. When I was little I was always telling everybody I was going to be a superstar. I haven’t changed my goal. I want to be a household name. I want people to say ‘pass the sugar, it’s right next to the Lil’ Mo."

In 2001, she met her first husband, Al Stone, Washington, D.C. gas station; she initiated a conversation and asked for his number. He proposed to her in May, and they wed on August 29, 2001, after dating for only 5 months.

"I met him March 28," she remembered. "In May he proposed to me, by August 29 we were married. When you find your soul mate it doesn't take forever to find out you're gonna be together forever. We both were like, 'I done been hurt, I been through the run of the mill[1]

Just two months later, Loving became pregnant, and on August 19, 2002, she gave birth to a daughter, Heaven Love'on Stone. Her second daughter, God'Iss Love Stone, was born on February 24, 2005. In December 2005, she filed for divorce from Al Stone. On March 18, 2007, she announced that she had reconciled with Stone,[2] but by August the couple divorced.

She is currently married to Gospel recording artist Phillip Bryant; the couple welcomed a son, Justin McKenzie Phillip, on January 16, 2009.[3] She currently lives in Odenton, Maryland.

Recording career


Signed with Elektra Records Loving entered the music industry as a protégé of then-labelmate Missy Elliott. Her debut single was entitled "5 Minutes" from the Why Do Fools Fall In Love soundtrack, co-written by Keli Nicole Price. She appeared on tracks for Elliott's Da Real World in 1999. "Hot Boyz" became Loving's breakout appearance. She was featured in the music video for the song's remix alongside guest rappers Nas and Eve, and Elliott subsequently became a trusted adviser and friend. She was featured on rapper Jay-Z's song "Parking Lot Pimpin'" from the 2000 The Dynasty: Roc La Familia album. Not very well known, she was the female voice on the 2001 hit "Wifey" by Next. She has performed with and written songs for many artists including Blackstreet, Next, Bow Wow, Keith Sweat, Canela Cox, 3LW, Nicole Wray, Mocha and ODB.

Loving's next big exposure came in early 2001, when she was featured on Ja Rule's single "Put It On Me" alongside Ja Rule's Murder Inc. Records labelmate Vita. The single was a hit on both urban and pop radio, and reached number eight on the US pop charts, and more collaborations by Ja Rule and Lil' Mo followed, including "I Cry", which repurposed The O'Jays' 1978 hit "Cry Together". In the Summer of 2002 Loving collaborated with label mates Angie Martinez & Sacario on If I Could Go.

Based On A True Story (1999 - 2002)

With a contract in hand, she had to stand her ground when record company executives wanted to force a certain look on her, rather than allow her to sport the rainbow braids that have become something of a trademark for the singer.

Unfortunately, not everyone was as thrilled with Lil' Mo's success as she, her friends, and collaborators were. Just before her debut was set to hit record store shelves in the summer of 2001, a man attacked the singer in San Francisco just outside the Warfield, a theater where she had just finished a performance. He used a champagne bottle to club the singer's head. At the time Loving was unaware of the extent of her injury. Reportedly, she seemed more concerned about her broken designer shoe. She ended up with almost two dozen stitches. A majority of the publicity appearances scheduled for the following month, which had been specially timed to coincide with the release of her debut, had to be canceled until she regained her health.

Later that year, Mo released her debut album, Based On A True Story, on Elektra Records, and had a successful single of her own, "Superwoman (Part II)." The "Part II" remix, featuring hip-hop newcomer Fabolous, was an up-tempo, hip-hop flavored record, using an instrumental track producer DJ Clue had originally intended for M.O.P.. The video was also a huge hit on MTV2 and BET. The album's second single, "Gangsta", contained a sample of Snoop Dogg's "Gin And Juice", but failed to find an audience.

Despite the after effects she suffered, the singer persevered and continued to sing and write. Months later, she started working on air at Baltimore's radio station WXYV, where she hosted a highly-rated drive time music program. She remained as a radio DJ until leaving in June 2002 to await her first daughter's birth and devote more time to her singing career.

After a falling out with Ja Rule and Irv Gotti, caused by Loving's accusations that they now favored using new Murder Inc. artist Ashanti for collaborations instead of her, she ended all associations with Murder Inc. in 2002. Since, Ja Rule has taken some shots at former friend, Loving, calling her a "bitch", and crediting himself as the reason why she had any hits. She refused to fire back, calling the whole thing "juvenile."

Meet the Girl Next Door (2003)

During the mid-2003, Mo appeared on two important singles with Fabolous, who partially had Mo to thank for his own break into the industry, and who has since been more successful on both urban and mainstream charts than Mo herself. Their first duet was "Can't Let You Go", the first single from Fabolous' Street Dreams LP, was one of 2003's biggest rap and mainstream pop hits. The other duet, "4 Ever", the first official single from Lil' Mo's own second album, Meet The Girl Next Door, was a major urban and R&B hit, but did not achieve pop success.

Syndicated: The Lil' Mo Hour (2004 - 2005)

After her contract with Elektra expired at the end of 2004, she moved over to the Cash Money Records. Syndicated (The Lil' Mo Hour) Was supposed to mark a new beginning in many ways for Lil' Mo. It was her debut for the new joint venture between Cash Money Records, (headed by co C.E.O.'s Ronald "Slim" Williams and Bryan "Baby" Williams), and Roun'Table Entertainment. She released four minor singles. However, her third album Syndicated: The Lil' Mo Hour never saw the light of day and her contract with Cash Money was broken in 2006.[citation needed]

Pain & Paper (2007)

Under her independent label "Honeychild Entertainment" she has finally released a new album. Pain & Paper was released on August 28, 2007 with production from Joey Cutless, Bryan-Michael Cox, Jules "Judah," Mike Moore, Troy Taylor, Adam "Streets" Arwine, Daniel "D-Up" Allen, Wesley "Mister Wes" Toone, among others. Along with recording her new album, Lil' Mo, together with Faith Evans, Fantasia, and R&B-turned-gospel singer Coko (of SWV fame), appeared on the remake of The Clark Sisters' "Endow Me" from Coko's gospel album Grateful, released October 31, 2006. Loving's Pain & Paper was released on August 28, 2007 distributed by Koch Entertainment. The first single off the album is "Sometimes I" featuring rapper Jim Jones). The video was directed by Gabriel E. Hart of Drew Barrymore's "VH-1's Shoot to Kill." She recently announced that her second single is "Lucky Her." She stated that "Lucky Her" is the final single from "Pain & Paper". She is currently working on a new album tentatively titled "Tattoos & Roses: The Rebellion Against My Pain" (confirmed by Lil' Mo herself in an interview), a mixtape, and a reality show for 2008.

2008 - present

With "Pain & Paper" sales at barely below one-hundred thousand, Lil' Mo signed to Global Music Group for a two-album contract. She has said in a recent interview that the album will be a double disc; half of it being a live production. The album is currently titled "Tattoos & Roses: The Rebellion Against My Pain". In a 2010 interview, Mo confirmed that guest appearances on the album would include MC Lyte, Tweet, Fabolous and other performers that she has admired in the music industry.



Year Album Chart positions RIAA Certification
U.S. U.S. R&B
2001 Based on a True Story 14 6 Gold (442,692+ copies sold)
2003 Meet the Girl Next Door 17 4 N/A(383,287+ copies sold)
2005 Syndicated: The Lil' Mo Hour Shelved
2007 Pain & Paper 112 14 (101,000+ copies sold)
2010 Tattoos & Roses TBA TBA TBA


Year Single Chart positions Album
U.S. U.S. R&B
1998 "5 Minutes" (feat. Missy Elliott) Why Do Fools Fall in Love Soundtrack
2000 "Ta Da" 95 21 Based on a True Story
2001 "Superwoman Pt. II" (feat. Fabolous) 11 4
"Gangsta" 57
2003 "4Ever" (feat. Fabolous) 37 13 Meet the Girl Next Door
"Ten Commandments" (feat. Lil' Kim) 101
"21 Answers" Promo Single
2005 "Yeah Yeah Yeah" (feat. Miri Ben-Ari) Syndicated: The Lil' Mo Hour
(Unreleased Album)
"Hot Boys, Hot Girls" (feat. Lil' Wayne) 28
"Mother Of Your Child"
"Dem Boyz" 86
2007 "Sumtimes I" (feat. Jim Jones) Pain & Paper
"Lucky Her"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Guest singles

Year Single Chart positions Album
U.S. U.S. R&B U.S. Rap NL
1999 "Hot Boyz" (Missy Elliott feat. Lil' Mo) 5 1 1 Da Real World
2000 "I'll Trade (A Million Bucks)" (Keith Sweat feat. Lil' Mo) 36 Didn't See Me Coming
"Whatever" (Ideal feat. Lil' Mo) 102 11 Ideal
"Put It On Me" (Ja Rule feat. Lil' Mo & Vita) 8 2 11 7 Rule 3:36
2001 "I Cry" (Ja Rule feat. Lil' Mo) 40 11 25
"Lay It Down" (Jermaine Dupri & R.O.C. feat. Lil' Mo) 117 Instructions
2002 "Pray For Me" (Mobb Deep feat. Lil' Mo) Infamy
"Where's My..?" (Adam F feat. Lil' Mo) 100 Single Only
"If I Could Go" (Angie Martinez feat. Lil' Mo & Sacario) 15 26 11 Animal House
2003 "Can't Let You Go" (Fabolous feat. Lil' Mo & Mike Shorey) 4 2 2 10 Street Dreams
2004 "Thick & Thin" (E-40 feat. Lil' Mo]]) 120 The Best of E-40: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
2006 "Endow Me" (Coko feat. Lil' Mo, Fantasia & Faith Evans) Grateful
2008 "Bulletproof Love/One Love" (Foxy Brown feat. Lil' Mo Brooklyn's Don Diva
"Cry" (LL Cool J feat. Lil' Mo) 119 Exit 13
2009 "It Ain't Love" (MSTRKRFT feat. Lil' Mo) Fist of God
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.


  1. ^ Shaheem Reid (April 16, 2003). Lil' Mo Wants To Drop Beef With Ja Rule And Focus On Family MTV. Accessed January 15, 2008.
  2. ^ (March 16, 2007). Lil' Mo Reconciles With Husband V100.7. Accessed January 15, 2008.
  3. ^ Little Mo and Phillip Bryant Welcome a Son Celebrity Baby Blog, January 21, 2009

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