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Maurice “Verse” Simmonds says in an interview from Akon’s mansion, Dreamland, that he wants to be Kelly Rowland’s “motivation,” which explains why they collaborated on the new single “Boo Thang.” On it, the Caribbean native is being seduced by the sexy songstress, who entices him to turn off the lights and make a movie. Yeah, she went there again. Mad props to her.
Simmonds really gets creative on this new release, due out in July. Here, the hopeful romantic discusses his new mixtape, why it’s important to work with emerging artists and how he’s impacted by superproducer Akon. –yvette caslin
On the upcoming mixtape ‘Sex Tape Chronicles II’…
I think I create a certain type of music that locks people in. Fans can expect to hear beautiful music from me. It will be familiar and, at the same time, new and refreshing.
On his inspiration…
I find women inspirational. I sing different styles of music — R&B, hip-hop, reggae and Calypso. Women are the common theme.
His ideal woman…
A confident, beautiful and intelligent woman and someone that knows how to communicate. I think that’s big in any relationship. She has to know how to jazz it up when it’s that time of the night, ya’ know?
On his romantic side…
That is really hard. I do so many romantic things, from roses to the petals in the room leading up to the bubble bath. I have made love on a cliff overlooking the sea in the Virgin Islands. I am that kinda guy.
I don’t think I have groupies. I don’t look at the women who approach me as groupies. I look at them as confident, outgoing women.
I love fashion and will shop everywhere from Wish to a consignment store to find something that is rare, fly and vintage.
On his musical style and his image…
I want them to see me as someone who is able to take music to another level. At the end of the day, I want to be looked at someone who is able to captivate audiences and make a change in the world. Look at Bob Marley and the type of movement he created. He’s a legend. His message, “One Love,” is still relevant today. I hope I can get to the point where I can deliver that type of message out to the world.
On artist(s) he’d like to collaborate with…
I am always looking for the new and different, not necessarily the artist that everyone is hot on right now. For me, that innovative sound that no one has heard yet. There is longevity in creating something rather than riding out something.
On working with Akon…
Look at how humble he is as an artist. As big as he is, you’d expect him to act a certain way because of everything he’s been able to accomplish. For me, it has set a certain kind of tone.
Listen to ‘Boo Thang’ below:
ATLANTA – It’s been five years since Virgin Islands songwriting and performing duo R. City, aka Rock City, signed to Konvict Records/Interscope. Five years, eight mixtapes and a string of hits later, including songs written for Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, Jennifer Hudson and R. Kelly, Akon and Rock City are finally free of the Konvict record label.
Despite all of their success, a release date for the duo’s own album was not forthcoming, causing the guys to launch a very public campaign they defiantly dubbed PTFAO (Put the F—-ing Album Out) to make the industry aware of their plight. Finally, after two years of campaigning, Akon met with the duo and offered them the option of remaining with the label and working towards dropping an album or being released from their contract. Grateful as they were to Akon for the opportunities afforded them, the guys snatched the chance of finally gaining their freedom and are now officially free agents, able finally to PTFAO. Rock City’s debut album, Free At Last is set to drop later this summer on their own label, Rebelution Records.
Immediately upon leaving the meeting with Akon, Rock City’s manager, Ray Daniels, called longtime friend Wendy Day, who has made a name for herself assisting artists with the release of their own projects and within five hours the team was strategizing the drop of the album. After years of writing hit songs for other people, R. City aka Rock City is, at long last, able to showcase their amazing talent in the first person. “We On,” the first single from “Free At Last,” was serviced to mix show just last week and is already at over 30 spins a week. With its unmistakable bounce, expect the song to make its way to every club deejay’s playlist nationwide within weeks.
Listen to “We On” below:
Author: Alexandria Green