Before Tyga’s recent brush with bullets—which he thankfully emerged unscathed from—the Compton rapper spoke with Fuse’s Esteban Serrano about his ascendant hip hop career and what it’s like to work with Lil Wayne in the studio.

“Wayne is always open to do whatever working on music,” the 22-year-old rapper told us. Although he’s worked with Weezy before, Tyga says, “It’s way more comfortable now because of the success I have on my own without [his] help. There’s a great respect level there, and when we do music together now, it’s just A1.”

Lil Wayne aside, Careless World: Rise of the Last King boasts an impressive list of guest artists, including Drake, Nicki Minaj, Big Sean and Chris Brown. But Tyga didn’t nab them just for bragging rights—it was important to him that the record should have a cohesive feel.

“I didn’t expect to have so many features,” Tyga said. “It was when I was working on the music I just thought, oh man, this artist right here would be dope on this track… as if it was their own track.”

"I realize when you make an album there has to be a theme to it. That’s what I feel like great albums back in the day to now were—great albums, classics, with themes.”

“Since No Introduction I’ve dropped about 14 mixtapes, I’ve had a lot of time to grow musically and realize what my sound was.”

You can hear more about Tyga’s upcoming album Careless World: Rise of the Last King in the video above, including why he put a voicemail from his mom on a track.