Backbeat: Verse Simmonds Talks Sex-Centric Music, Working With Rihanna, New Album @ NYC's La Esquina
Backbeat: Verse Simmonds Talks Sex-Centric Music, Working With Rihanna, New Album @ NYC's La Esquina


Verse Simmonds isn't one to bite his tongue. During a lunch at NYC's La Esquina on Wednesday (Oct. 19), the singer-songwriter/producer, joined by Dave Melhado of MBM Management, publicist Priya Bhambri of MVD Inc., and his team, wasn't shy to talk about anything, from his sex centered discography to upcoming collaborations.

MVD Inc. signed Verse Simmonds on to their roster just this month (Oct. 2011). "MVD works closely with Bu Thiam, President of BuVision, CEO of Konlive and VP of A&R at Def Jam. Through Bu we signed Konlive, whose roster of clients includes Verse," Bhambri told "His unique sound, production credits and international appeal is really what sealed the deal for us."

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Verse Simmonds, along side the other half of the production duo the Jugganauts -- Sham "Sak Pase" Joseph and Simmonds -- produced Kanye West and Jay-Z's "Who Gon Stop Me" and Rihanna's "Man Down." Ironically, the lunch meeting took place minutes after Rihanna debuted her video for "We Found Love." "I still have to see it," Verse Simmonds said while perusing the 'net to see if there was a YouTube version to watch.

"I love Rih Rih. Her fashion always makes a statement and she always looks good. We had a little controversy [for] the "Man Down" record because of the video but I loved it," Verse Simmonds says. "It was true art from a place of pain. As an artist it is our job [to] push the envelope to get certain points across even when it means taking a risk like that."

Simmonds is hoping to work yet again with Rihanna for her sixth album, "Talk That Talk." In July, Verse Simmonds told MTV News that they turned over two songs for Rihanna to consider.

Verse Simmonds continued to share details on his upcoming mixtape, "The Sextape Chronicles 2.5 Reloaded" and reveals that the title of his debut album will be "Stories of a Bachelor." "'The Sextape Chronicles 2.5 Reloaded' will be a sequel to where I left off [but there] will be more sex of course." Verse says laughing. "We've had such a great response from 'The Sextape Chronicles 2' that I wanted to give my fans a second round."

After joking on sending a female targeted sex kit with the "The Sextape Chronicles 2 Reloaded," Simmonds hurried to sound check before performing alongside Bridget Kelly and more at NYC's SOBs for 2011 CMJ festival.