Maurice "Verse" Simmonds is a Puerto Rican/Virgin Islander rapper, singer, composer, record producer, and record executive.[1] Based in Los Angeles[2] but raised in the Virgin Islands, he moved to the United States after high school and he formed the production duo the Jugganauts in the 1990s. The duo has since co-written and produced tracks such as "Man Down" by Rihanna[3] and "Who Gon Stop Me" by Kanye West and Jay-Z, both of which charted prominently on Billboard.[3]

Verse Simmonds
Birth nameMaurice Simmonds
BornPuerto Rico
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • composer
  • record producer
  • record executive
Years active2009–present
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Around 2007, Simmonds began releasing his own solo material, and his 2011 single "Boo Thang" featuring Kelly Rowland on Def Jam peaked at No. 44 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.[4] He has also released a number of full-length mixtapes, rapping and singing over many of the tracks and also bringing in guest artists such as Young Jeezy, Akon, Snoop Dogg, and Travis Porter.[5] Under his birth name or as Verse Simmonds he has co-written a number of charting R&B songs, such as "Confident" by Justin Bieber and Chance the Rapper, and "New Flame" by Chris Brown, Usher and Rick Ross. The latter earned Simmonds his first Grammy Award nomination for Best R&B Song in 2015.[6]

Early life and music edit

Maurice Simmonds was born in Puerto Rico. Raised in the Virgin Islands,[3][7][8] he spent his youth on the island of Saint Thomas.[2] Introduced to music primarily through the radio, in high school he and several friends formed the musical group 2 Xtreme, performing at local venues and talent shows.[9] He moved to Fort Lauderdale in Florida after graduating high school, where he continued to work on hip hop production and songwriting.[9] In 1996[2] in Fort Lauderdale Simmonds met and befriended the producer and songwriter Shama Joseph, and together they formed the production duo the Jugganauts.[9] The Jugganauts moved to Los Angeles, California in 2003 to work on a number of projects for major record labels.[9] Several years later Simmonds was contacted by Theron Thomas, a childhood friend and member of the production duo Rock City. Thomas convinced the Jugganauts[9] to move to[2] Atlanta, Georgia,[3] where they began recording with producers such as Rodney Jerkins and Akon.[9]

Music career edit

First solo releases (2009-2010) edit

External videos
  "Buy You A Round (Up And Down)" Official Music Video on VEVO (November 22, 2009)

After moving to Atlanta Simmonds began working more intently on his own solo material, both performing and recording original material around the city.[9] In February 2007, he became associated as a solo artist with Cloud 9 and Raydar Management,[9] and one of his live shows led to a contract with Interscope Records.[9] Simmonds released his first solo track on Interscope on June 30, 2009. Titled "Buy You a Round (Up and Down)," AllMusic called it "a cocky, percussion-heavy club single" that "enabled the upcoming singer, songwriter, and occasional MC to tour extensively."[3] "Buy You A Round (Up And Down)" peaked at No. 55 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and at No. 63 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart.[4] An official music video for the track was uploaded to VEVO on November 22, 2009.[10]

Simmonds released a mixtape in August 2009, titled The Sextape Chronicles. Sham and Simmonds served as executive producers, with Raydar, Cloud9, Darkchild, and DJ Trauma listed in the credits as presenters.[11] In December 2009, a track with co-writing by Simmonds was included on the R. Kelly album Untitled. The album ultimately went on to be nominated for a Grammy Award.[3] In 2010, a number of Simmonds' recent tracks were included in the free V The Compilation Vol. 2 mixtape, which was presented by DJ Ill Will.[12]

"Boo Thang" and mixtapes (2011-2012) edit

He signed to Konvict Muzik[13] as a singer-songwriter and producer in January 2011,[9] also becoming associated with MVD Inc. and the Konlive imprint.[8] Later in 2011[8] he signed to Bu Vision, a label run by Akon's brother Bu Thiam and affiliated with Def Jam[3] and Konlive.[8] Simmonds' August 2011 mixtape The Sextape Chronicles 2 was released through Bu Vision, Konlive, and Carteblanche, and listed hosts such as Angela Yee.[14] In 2011 he worked as The Jugganauts with his production partner Sham on both writing and producing[15] the reggae-infused song "Man Down" for Rihanna's album Loud.[3] Also with Sham, he worked on "Who Gon Stop Me" by Kanye West and Jay-Z[3] for the Watch the Throne album.[15][16]

External videos
  "Boo Thang" Official Music Video on VEVO (October 10, 2011)
  Justin Bieber- "Confident "(Audio) ft. Chance The Rapper on VEVO (Dec 8, 2013) - features co-writing by Simmonds.

Through Bu Vision, in September 2011, Simmonds released his single "Boo Thang," featuring Kelly Rowland.[3] As described by MTV, apart from Rowland's vocals, "Verse starts by rapping over a midtempo piano-laced track. His raps give way to a melodic refrain that he sings, leading him all the way to the hook."[16] A music video directed by Gil Green and starring Rowlands and Simmonds was released to accompany the single.[13] "Boo Thang" peaked at No. 66 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and at No. 44 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart.[4] The song was ultimately included on Simmonds' mixtape Sextape Chronicles 2.[16]

Mixtapes and EPs (2012-2013) edit

His April 2012 mixtape Sex Love & Hip Hop was hosted by DJ Drama,[17] with other guest artists such as Yo Gotti, Kelly Rowland,[18] Snoop Dogg and Akon.[19] The third in his Sex Tape Chronicles series, Simmonds at the time called it his "biggest mixtape."[19] In August 2012, he self-released A Sextape Chronicle, a six-track EP,[3] and his October 2012 mixtape Fuck Your Feelings featured guest artists such as Red Cafe, Gucci Mane, and Young Jeezy.[20] In late 2012, he contributed to studio sessions involving recording artist Omotola Jalade Ekeinde.[21]

Simmonds' track "Fully Loaded," featuring Young Jeezy, came out on June 11, 2013, on BuVision,[3] and also that year Simmonds released the "Who U Wit" with features from Trouble and Yo Gotti.[22] Simmonds' mixtape Fuck Your Feelings 2 was released for free on June 12, 2013.[20] His six track EP[23] Circa 96: A Prelude to 1996 came out in August 2013 as a free mixtape.[24] Drop FM gave it a score of 7/10 and a positive review, writing that Simmonds can "create a '90s-inspired project that still sounds fresh and modern." The review opined the fact that Simmonds "stayed true to the 1996 concept by using traditional R&B sounds and a throwback vocal delivery," and "made songs that should be able to keep the listeners' attention throughout."[25] Also in 2013, Simmonds' collaborated with Cap 1 on a mixtape titled Champagne Poets. Released in November 2013, it featured artists such as 2 Chainz and Travis Porter.[5]

Recent releases (2013-2015) edit

In 2013, he participated as a writer on a number of collaborations, for example co-writing the Justin Bieber song "Confident", which featured Chance the Rapper and had hip hop and reggae elements.[26] In 2013 and 2014, he co-wrote six songs on the Chris Brown album X, after taking part in a writing camp put on by RCA Records.[7] One of the tracks, a promo single titled "Don't Think They Know", came out in late 2013 and peaked at No. 81 on the Billboard Hot 100. Other tracks he co-wrote on the album featured artists such as Jhené Aiko and Trey Songz, while "Love More" featured Nicki Minaj[27] and reached No. 23 on the Hot 100 chart.[28] The album's track "New Flame", which featured Usher and Rick Ross, went on to be nominated for Best R&B Song at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards in 2015.[6]

External videos
  Verse Simmonds - "Situationships" Official Music Video on VEVO (June 17, 2015)

In February 2014 Simmonds self-released the single "Best Sex Eva" on his own Simmonds & Company imprint.[22] Also in February 2014, a song he co-wrote titled "Private" was included on the T.I. album Paperwork.[3] Simmonds then released his single "Situationships" on March 24, 2015.[22] The track featured co-production from Needlz and Donut, and the publication Complex wrote that with the lyrics "Simmonds goes in on different types of relationships that go against the grain."[1] The official music video for "Situationships" came out on VEVO on June 17, 2015.[1]

His mixtape Fuck Your Feelings 3 was released on July 15, 2015.[29] The publication Uproxx wrote that Fvck Your Feelings 3 "is how it's supposed to be done. Verse Simmonds mixes up a stiff drink and hits the club for a much needed remix to Drake and P... the remix cuts out the weakest link, keeps Drizzy and Future's hook on blast and features a mandatory explicit sixteen from Verse."[30] Through the label VVS Society, in July 2015, Simmonds released two singles: "All I Want" featuring Jeremih, and "Luv In It" featuring Migos.[22]

Musical style and influences edit

Simmonds has self-identified his vocal stylings as "R&B, hip-hop, reggae and calypso,"[31] and he has also described the genre of his original music as "island B," for being "a mixture of R&B, a little bit of Caribbean flavor and hip hop."[9][32] About his lyrics, among other topics he has stated that he finds women to be "inspiration" and relationships are a commons theme throughout his mixtapes.[31]

Awards and nominations edit

Year Award Nominated work Category Result
2011 Grammy
Untitled by R. Kelly
(Simmonds as co-writer)
Best R&B Album Nominated
2015 "New Flame" by Chris Brown
(Simmonds as co-writer)
Best R&B Song Nominated

Discography edit

Mixtapes edit

Full-length mixtapes by Verse Simmonds[22]
Year Mixtape title Release details
2009 The Sextape Chronicles
  • Released: August 2009
  • Label: Self-released[11]
2010 V The Compilation Pt. 1
  • Released: December 2010
  • Label: Self-released
2010 V The Compilation Vol. 2
  • Released: 2010
  • Label: unknown [12]
2011 Sex Tape Chronicles 2
(Rhythm and Streets Edition)
  • Released: July 2011[31]
  • Label: BuVision, Konlive, Carteblanche[14]
2012 Fuck Your Feelings
  • Released: October 5, 2012[20]
  • Label: Self-released
Sex, Love & Hip-Hop
  • Released: April 12, 2012[18]
  • Label: Self-released[19]
2013 Fuck Your Feelings 2
  • Released: June 12, 2013[20]
  • Label: Self-released
Champagne Poets
(with Cap 1)
  • Released: November 11, 2013[5]
  • Label: Self-released
2015 Fuck Your Feelings 3
  • Released: July 15, 2015[29]
  • Label: Self-released

EPs edit

EPs by Verse Simmonds[22]
Year EP title Release details
2012 A Sextape Chronicle
2013 Circa '96

Singles edit

Incomplete list of songs by Verse Simmonds[22]
Year Title Chart peaks[4] Album Release details
2009 "Buy You A Round (Up And Down)" 55 63 Single Interscope (June 30, 2009)
2010 "I Dont Mind" CarteBlanche (December 3, 2010)
2011 "Boo Thang" (ft. Kelly Rowland) 66 44 15 The Island/Def Jam (September 13, 2011)
2012 "Keep It 100" (ft. Akon)[19] Sex, Love & Hip-Hop Self-released (April 12, 2012)
"Bad Mutha" (ft. Snoop Dogg) 112 Self-released (April 12, 2012)
2013 "Who U Wit" (ft. Yo Gotti, Trouble)[33] Street Runnaz 73
"Fully Loaded" (ft. Young Jeezy) Single BuVision (June 11, 2013)
2014 "Best Sex Eva" Simmonds & Company, Inc. (February 18, 2014)
2015 "Situationships" Simmonds & Company, Inc. (March 24, 2015)
"All I Want" (feat. Jeremih) Fuck Your Feelings 3 VVS Society (July 2, 2015)
"Luv In It" (ft. Migos) Single VVS Society (July 15, 2015)
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Guest credits edit

Selected vocal and production credits for Verse Simmonds
Year Title Artist Chart peaks Album Role
2009 "Crazy Night" (ft. Rock City) R. Kelly Untitled Co-writer
2010 "Nothing Like Me" (ft. Verse Simmonds) Juvenile Beast Mode Featured artist
"I Got Juice" (ft. Verse Simmonds) OJ Da Juiceman Single Featured artist
2011 "Handz Up (Work)" (ft. Verse Simmonds) Gator Boyz Featured artist
"Who Gon Stop Me" Kanye West and Jay-Z 44 Watch the Throne Co-writer
2012 "American Woman" (ft. Verse Simmonds) Diamond The Young Life Featured artist
Unknown tracks DJ Drama Quality Street Music Background vocals
"Put It Down" (ft. Verse Simmonds) Richie Wess Single Featured artist
"Wish You Would" (ft. Verse Simmonds) Gucci Mane I'm Up Featured artist
2013 "Confident" (ft. Chance the Rapper) Justin Bieber 41 13 33 Journals Co-writer
"Water World"
(ft. Verse Simmonds and Lil Jug)
Mesha Milan Single Featured artist
"Ice Cold"
(ft. Verse Simmonds)
Gucci Mane The State vs. Radric
Davis II
Featured artist
"Came from Nothin"
(feat. Gunplay, Kevin Gates & Verse Simmonds)
DJ Spinatik Single Featured artist
"You Gon Love Me" (ft. Verse Simmonds) Gucci Mane Trap God 2 Featured artist
"Fvcks With U" (ft. Verse Simmonds) Genius Single Featured artist
"Don't Think They Know" Chris Brown 81 29 95 X Co-writer
2014 "New Flame" (ft. Usher and Rick Ross) 27 29 6 1 10 Co-writer
"Songs on 12 Play" (ft. Trey Songz) Co-writer
"Body Shots" Co-writer
"Drunk Texting" (ft. Jhené Aiko) Co-writer
"Love More" (ft. Nicki Minaj) 23 39 7 32 Co-writer
"Private Show" (ft. Chris Brown) T.I. 42 14 Paperwork Composer
"5ive" (ft. Verse Simmonds, K. Camp, Que) Genius Single Featured artist
"Hard To Do" K. Michelle Anybody Wanna
Buy a Heart?
"Gone on That Liquor"
(ft. Verse Simmonds and Frank Lini)
Hands Up Music Single Featured artist
"Tips" (ft. Verse Simmonds and Chizzy B McFlyy) Mic Lawry Featured artist
"Ain't My Fault"
(ft. Verse Simmonds and Yung Berg)
Yesi Ortiz Featured artist
2015 "On To You (Remix)"
(ft.Kranium, Kreesha Turner, Verse Simmonds)
Marley Waters Featured artist
"Diamonds and Gold"
(ft. Verse Simmonds)
Kid Ink Full Speed Featured artist, co-writer
"Hotel" (ft. Chris Brown) Kid Ink 96 30 43 Co-writer
"Permission" Ro James 1 Eldorado Co-writer
"Top Down" Fifth Harmony Reflection Co-writer
2018 "Preach" Lecrae and Zaytoven 40 Let the Trap Say Amen Co-writer
"Only God Can Judge Me" Lecrae and Zaytoven 44 Co-writer
"By Chance" Lecrae and Zaytoven featuring Verse Simmonds Featured artist, co-writer
"Savior" Iggy Azalea featuring Quavo TBA Co-writer
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Videography edit

Incomplete list of music videos featuring Verse Simmonds[34]
Title Yr Director(s)/producer(s) Primary artist(s) Outlet
"Buy You A Round" 2009 Interscope Verse Simmonds VEVO (November 22, 2009)[10]
"Boo Thang" 2011 Gil Green[13] Verse Simmonds feat. Kelly Rowland VEVO (October 10, 2011)
"Fully Loaded" 2014 Phil The God Verse Simmonds VEVO (January 15, 2014)
"Best Sex Eva" 2014 Jamal Samuels Verse Simmonds VEVO (February 20, 2014)
"Situationships" 2015 The Spice Group Verse Simmonds VEVO (June 17, 2015)[1]
"Strip Tease" 2015 LPMG Films Verse Simmonds VEVO (July 1, 2015)

Further reading edit

Interviews and articles

See also edit

References edit

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  21. ^ "Omotola Jalade features top foreign acts in new album as she returns to music". Nigerian Monitor. January 18, 2013. Retrieved January 5, 2013.
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  24. ^ a b Ill Will, DJ (August 7, 2013). "Verse Simmonds - Circa '96". Hot New Hip Hop. Retrieved July 27, 2015.
  25. ^ Nelson, Daryl. "Verse Simmonds, 'Circa 96: A Prelude to 1996′ – Mixtape Review". Retrieved July 27, 2015.
  26. ^ Rayner, Ben (December 24, 2013). "Justin Bieber's Journals aims for maturity: Album review". Toronto Star. Star Media Group. Retrieved December 24, 2013.
  27. ^ Kellmam, Andy (December 17, 2013). "Chris Brown – X". AllMusic. Retrieved December 23, 2013.
  28. ^ Brad, Wete (September 15, 2014). "Chris Brown, 'X': Track-by-Track Review". Billboard. Retrieved September 15, 2014.
  29. ^ a b Meara, Paul (July 13, 2015). "Mixtape Release Dates: Future, Verse Simmonds, Rayven Justice, Delasean". HipHopDX. Retrieved July 27, 2015.
  30. ^ "Verse Simmonds Brings The Filth To The Remix Game With New Mixtape, 'Fvck Your Feelings 3′". uproxx. July 18, 2015. Retrieved July 27, 2015.
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  32. ^ "Verse Simmonds Exclusive Interview". The Star Scoop. December 4, 2009. Retrieved July 27, 2015.
  33. ^ "Verse Simmonds f. Yo Gotti, Young Scooter & Trouble - Who U Wit". HipHopDX. March 7, 2013. Retrieved March 7, 2013.
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