By Jack Barnes
Crafting compact jams about complex romantic situations, Verse Simmonds is as a master of R&B storytelling. Sharing a nine-track collection of grown-and-sexy, silky smooth R&B, Verse releases Diamonds, his latest album and his first since 2016’s To All The Girls. Packed with emotionally intelligent, jewel-cut tracks that explore the different shades of love (describing what Verse calls “Situationships”), Diamonds is a potent hybrid of Hip-Hop and R&B, showcasing Verse’s divine singing voice and his structurally sound compositions. Featuring an appearance from Ty Dolla $ign, Diamonds is a genre-bending cocktail of well-crafted R&B, brimming with emotional complexity and musical invention. Released by Verse’s own VVS Society label, Diamonds is available to stream and purchase. Enjoy this audio stream below after the jump.
Whether as a lead artist, a featured artist, or a songwriter, Verse graces every track with class and consummate professionalism, making a name for himself as one of the foremost purveyors of mature R&B. Last month, Verse shared the single “Murder Charge,” which features Ty Dolla $ign and earned over 1.29 million plays on SoundCloud. Earlier this week, Verse teamed up with Kid Ink to release “Rumpshaker 18,” premiered by Mass Appeal, which already has over 10.4k plays on SoundCloud.
An in-demand songwriter who has collaborated with numerous A-listers in the R&B and pop realms, Verse Simmonds is one of the more successful behind-the-scenes creatives in the urban music industry. Verse has penned hits for the likes of Chris Brown (“New Flame”) and Fifth Harmony (“Top Down”), earned one of his five Grammy nominations for his writing on Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “Who Gon Stop Me” in 2012, and co-wrote 2016’s “Permission,” a Grammy nominated R&B smash for Ro James. Continuing a long-lasting creative partnership, Verse Simmonds appears as a featured artist on “Only 4 Me,” a highlight from Heartbreak on a Full Moon, the new album from Chris Brown, which has over 5.3 million views on YouTube.
1. “The Huxtables” written By Verse Simmonds (prod by Reazy Renegade)
2. “How” (Interlude) written By Verse Simmonds (prod by Ayo x Keyzbaby)
3. “Liquor and Misunderstanding” written By Verse Simmonds (prod by Ayo x Keyzbaby)
4. “Make Up” Ft Ty Dolla Sign written By Verse Simmonds and Ty Dolla Sign (Prod by Soundz and Count Justice x Kyle Edwards)
5. “Shoulda Woulda Could” written by Verse Simmonds prod by (Ayo x Keyzbaby and SunnyKale)
6. “Wine and Passion” written by Verse Simmonds (Prod by Mel & Mus)
7. “Feelins” written by Christopher Echols co-Written by Verse Simmonds (prod by Ayo and Keyzbaby)
8. “Body-Yadi” written by Verse Simmonds (Prod by The Culture)
9. “Diamonds” written by Verse Simmonds co-written by Jeremiah “Sickpen” Bethea (prod by Ayo x Keyzbaby)
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