He met Nipsey Hu$$le often in his gang days, and eventually hung out and began to rap with him. YG is currently signed to Def Jam Recordings, as well as CTE World after befriending Jeezy. Both record labels, as well as Pu$haz Inc (formed by YG, Ty Dolla $ign, and DJ Mustard) released My Krazy Life, in 2014. The album peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200 and was certified Platinum in April 2017.
Just eight months after dropping his album Stay Dangerous. “From my first album to my second album, and from my second album to my third album, it took me two years to put out each project,” he said. “That wasn’t my choice. Life was changing: I got shot, I had a daughter. It was crazy–it took a little longer.”
But on March 31, his close friend and collaborator Nipsey Hussle was gunned down outside his Marathon Clothing store. In light of Nipsey’s passing, he decided to delay the project. “I was dropping a Surprise album April 12th,” tweeted YG. “But man Now that we gotta deal with Big bro going to heaven I will not drop the album this month.”