“Verse Simmonds is arguably one of the hottest songwriters in the game.” – Hotnewhiphop
For nearly a decade, Maurice “Verse” Simmonds dedicated himself to writing hit singles for A-List artists. From co-writing a bulk of Chris Brown’s X album to credits for JAY-Z & Kanye West to Justin Bieber, Verse penned the words that climbed up the charts, earned Grammy nods, and the masses learned by heart. As a collaborator and solo artist, Simmonds’ music was meaningful but secondary to a busy career helping others build tracks and ideas. In 2017, Diamonds represents a new plateau for Verse Simmonds and shows his life, mind, and outlook with cutting emotion and unclouded honesty.
It has been a transformative season for the artist raised in the US by Virgin Islands transplant. He toured for nearly two months with Kid Ink. There, applying a recent breakup, the onetime Konvict Muzik and Def Jam artist released his emotions through Diamonds. “It brought a lot out and delivered me to a different space, mentally. I was able to capture a lot of that in this album. It’s so honest that it scares me,” he admits, calling the LP “in-your-face.” Past collaborators Meek Mill, Ty Dolla $ign and Rock City appear on the project that Verse has designed to be an interactive experience. Although it’s not “a breakup album,” the shifts in the singer’s life are relatable. He wants fans to decide the videos upon the November 3 release. Simmonds is especially proud of single, “Liquor & Misunderstanding.” This transparent song was penned on the road, after a night of phone arguments, combined with numbing drinks. With wavy accents and thumping bass, the record is heavy without taking itself too seriously. These are drunk words, sober thoughts, and a breakthrough showcase. Fellow single “Murda Charge” is a different energy. In an album that signals endings, this upbeat Ty Dolla collabo marks a new beginning in the club—modernizing the “femme fatale” over polished Trap production.