YG has come a long way. After steadily grinding in the mixtape circuit, dropping regional classics like 4Fingaz and Just Re’d Up, the Pu$haz Ink leader has all the momentum going into his major label debut album My Krazy Life, out today (March 18). His Def Jam debut has been highly anticipated since his 2013 single “My Hitta,” featuring Jeezy and Rich Homie Quan, sold a million copies and amplified his buzz. With a formal remix by Meek Mill, Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj, YG is already fitting right in as the West Coast’s next biggest star.

My Krazy Life is a conceptual album driven by a narrative of his former gangster past. The streets of Los Angeles are portrayed through the tracks and skits, paying homage to legendary West Coast albums like Dr. Dre’s The Chronic and Snoop Dogg’s Doggystyle. A closer listen reveals that YG has lived a pretty active lifestyle and isn’t shy to reveal every detail of it.

Besides dropping his first major label album, YG has other crowning achievements he’s proud of. To find them out, we hopped on the phone with the 24-year-old Compton rapper to discuss the craziest moments in his music career, from snagging his first acting role to gracing the cover as an XXL Freshman. Eric Diep