“You’re Gonna Love Me” was released October 5th for digital release by Moses West and Ill Clinton. Many may know West from the local poetry scene. He used to host cometry at square one and is now the host of Love Jones Tuesday at Ultra Fine Dining on Arlington Expressway. West may also be a familiar face to local open mic events around Jacksonville. Clinton is a local music producer. Some people may know him from The Cypher at Da Real Ting Cafe’, or as the other half of Reflections in the Room with MJ Baker. Ill Clinton has also worked with many local artists in Jacksonville like The iGive, Seven Soul Jones, Al Pete and Odd Rod. The combination of West and Clinton seems genius. They each bring something unique to the table. Although many may know West for his poetry, he takes those same lyrical elements and creates tracks that still stay true to him as a poetic artist. Clinton does well in making sure each track had its own unique quality of sound. There’s a little bit of everything on the album, from hip-hop, soul to some rock evident in the track Thorns, that sampled from Poison’s Every Rose Has its Thorn.
What was the inspiration for the album? Who’s idea was it to collaborate?
Clinton: Moses, after many drinks one night, told me me he would be magnificent on some tracks. It was already in the back of my mind because I knew Moses was great with lyrics and he rapped a verse on a previous project I put together. I officially approached him about getting to work a year or so ago if memory serves me.
Moses: It was all Clint’s idea. He had been sweatin’ me for a really long time about trying to capitalize off of my talent. I noticed that he had potential but his previous projects kept failing so I decided to be the ego boost that he needed in order to prevent him from committing suicide.
How long did the album process take from start to finish?
Clinton: It took over a year because both of us have been so busy. I also did most of the design, printing, and packaging as well. Plus a lot of time went into releasing singles and shooting some videos prior to putting the LP out there as a finished project.
Moses: Well over a year. I really have to get him in doses otherwise he gets clingy and that’s when things become weird.
What do you want people to take away from the album?
Clinton: I just want people to enjoy listening to it. I like making music that is relatable without having to water stuff down, and I think we accomplished that with this project.
Moses: That love is the best weapon to fight with.
What makes this project different from previous musical projects you’ve done before?
Clinton: Well every project is unique, they seem to take on a life of their own. I can’t really say that this is a huge departure for me in terms of style or anything though. My notch is soul / hip hop.
Moses: I’ve never done a musical project before so that alone makes it different.
What does this album have to offer its listeners?
Clinton: It’s fairly diverse. I don’t think there are any 2 tracks that sound alike. It ranges from hip hop, to rap, to neo-soul, to rock… With a couple bangers on there too!
Moses: Good music; not typical, cliché radio blah blah.
What’s your favorite track and why?
Clinton: It kinda depends on my mood. Fair Eastside is a track I can’t skip though. I love the lyrics and the way moses represents Outeast on that track.
Moses: Fair Eastside because I finally got to pay homage to the environment that molded me.
What was the hardest part about putting this album together?
Clinton: Well, honestly just getting it done! A lot of people have helped me with stuff, but i do very little outsourcing. The whole thing was done in-house, production, recording, mixing, mastering, graphics, printing, and packaging! Just relieved it’s all done!
How did you all come up with the album title. ( Which by the way fits the project very well.)
Clinton: I can’t remember, which probably means Moses came up with it. He came up with the concept and title of the song that would make sense.
Moses: Because we’ve both been continuously criticized in our respective genres of art. So instead of lashing back at naysayers, we wanna get them on board, henceforth coming up with the title, “You’re Gonna Love Me.”
What’s next? Future projects, another collaboration?
Clinton: I have a few things in the works with some artists I have met from different regions that I am excited about. The next release under my name will likely be ill Clinton “Presents” Vol. 2
Moses: No, I’m just gonna hit it and quit it. Now that this is done, I am going back to my open mics and working on my next poetry project.
Out of the other artists featured on the album, who did you enjoy working with most?
Clinton:Everyone has their own way of doing things which can be interesting. For this project I have to give a special shout out to Farrin Sherrelle who really set the title track off with her vocals. She was very laid back and easy to work with, plus she drove all the way from Daytona twice.
Moses: Ill Clinton because I really didn’t get to interact with the other artists too much.
What made you all sample from Posion’s “Every Rose Has its Thorn?” and from ”Lean on me” ?
Clinton: Moses is from out east and it was actually Ebony Payne’s idea to sample the song from the movie. I just lucked into doing a nice job of developing the track. Moses likes 80′s rock, and it is a very recognizable attention getter. We were actually going to sample another classic rock song but it wasn’t working for me.
Moses: I actually wanted to sample The Who’s “Behind Blue Eyes,” but he wanted Poison’s “Every Rose Has Its Thorn.” Being that he is the producer, it is obvious which one he decided to go with. The Lean On Me sample was actually an idea from a poetry friend, Ebony Payne. She knew that I was proud of my Eastside heritage and made the suggestion to use that sample.
Anything else you wish to share about the project and the experience of making it etc.
Clinton: I am just thankful for all our core supporters who have been down from the beginning. I think it’s a relatable project without compromising integrity. i just hope people will give it a chance