Paul Wall recently underwent gastric sleeve surgery, losing 100 pounds and – according to the rapper – saved his life in the process.

“I tried doing it the legit way. I stopped sippin’ “syrup, stopped taking pills … all that, but it ain’t work,” said the People’s Champ in an interview with BallerStatus.com. “So I went out, went on and got surgery man.

“I lost 100 pounds, so I’m back at my fight weight. I’m ready. The champ is back.”

The Houston rapper revealed that he tried so lose the weight the natural way, but after reaching 320 pounds, couldn’t shed the fat. “[The surgery] saved my life for real,” he explained. “I really didn’t have too much of a choice, because the doctor told me I was morbidly obese. So, I really didn’t have a choice. I was like ‘Man, I’m morbidly obese, I need to do something. Man, I got to save my life.’ “

Now Wall has his eyes set on his latest release, Heart of a Champion, which his set to drop July 13. The album features production from the Neptunes and Travis Barker, and features guests such as Jay Electronica, Raekwon, Jim Jones and Kid Sister, in addition to others.