Don't Sleep: Necessary Notables
Mixtape: Sextape Chronicles 2
Headliner: Verse Simmonds
Key Cameo: Kelly Rowland on "Boo Thang"
R&B singer and songwriter [artist id="3202988"]Verse Simmonds[/artist] has been heating up lately. He and production partner Sham "Sak Pase" Joseph landed their track "Who Gon Stop Me" on [artist id="1269"]Jay-Z[/artist] and [artist id="1230523"]Kanye West[/artist]'s Watch the Throne LP, which dropped Monday. Even with as much fire as Simmonds is beginning to amass, he snatched a bit of heat from [artist id="1231569"]Kelly Rowland[/artist] for his latest single, "Boo Thang," which will appear on his new mixtape, Sextape Chronicles 2.
"She's hot as fish grease right now," Simmonds said of the "Motivation" singer before explaining how she became a collaborator. "So when she heard it, she was like, 'I really love it.' Two days later, she went in the studio and recorded it. We ain't have to hunt her down, we ain't have to stalk her for it. She really loved it and went in and did her thing on it, and I was happy to get her on there."
Simmonds first made waves with his 2009 single "Buy You a Round (Up and Down)," and now he has signed with Akon's Konvict label. Before he gets to the album, Verse's first order of business is to release the follow-up to his original Sextape Chronicles. The new tape's first shot is the Rowland-assisted "Boo Thang."
On the track, 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. "I know we ain't got no strings attached/ We could be the perfect match," he croons before he duets with Rowland, who adds her vocals to the chorus and then again on the final verse.
Hooking up with the former Destiny's Child singer is a huge get, but Verse insists his Sextape is otherwise a solo affair. "Right now, she is the only feature I have on there," he said. "We wanted to make it just about the music."
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