Moneybagg Yo is gearing up to release two new projects, but first he had to address his absence from the music game in a heartfelt letter to his fans.

Taking to Instagram on Wednesday (May 10), Bagg opened up about his tumultuous last two years – and how it resulted in an abundance of new music. So much so, he’s planning to drop both a mixtape and an album this month.

“Yooo, I know it’s been a minute. I miss y’all as much as y’all miss me,” Moneybagg Yo began. “A lot has happened in 2 years. I gained and lost more than I ever thought I would and had no other safe outlet for all the emotions and dark thoughts that came wit that other than making music.

“I’m blessed to have an art form to express myself inside and out with you all. Demario is the one that all the shit happened to but nobody understood that I gotta wake up and be Bagg every day to provide for my family and continue to carve my legacy but it’s not easy balancing the two.”

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He continued: “Not to mention while I was wrapping up the album I was hit with a tragedy that would affect my kids and me forever. Stack that on top of losing Nuski my right hand man to the streets and then my left hand man A to the Feds. It was loss after loss in my eyes while the rest of the world was still moving on.

“They still wanted shows, features and music regardless of what I’m going through personally. When I looked at all the songs I had made during that period, it was wayyy too many to be considered one album. That’s when I decided to drop a tape and an album.”

“When I came up with the title Hard 2 Love I was referring to myself, but when I started working more on the project, I realized that it’s more than me being hard to love. It’s hard to love people because a lot of them don’t have good intentions. Just want something from you. It’s hard to love your life when the same people that you sacrifice everything for don’t even get to enjoy the rewards with you.”

“Through it all my biggest source of strength is my fans. I appreciate all of y’all equally. If you got on me from the first ‘Federal’ or ‘A Gangsta’s Pain.’ I got a story to tell. Not looking for sympathy, I just want to be understood. Sincerely, Bagg.”

Hard 2 Love is set to drop on May 26 via CMG/N-Less/Interscope Records.

While the full tracklist has yet to be announced, Hard 2 Love is spearheaded by the recently-released GloRilla collab “On Wat U On” and December’s “Quickie.”

Outside of music, Moneybagg Yo officially become a restaurateur this year thanks to the opening of his brand-new Memphis restaurant, Cache 42.

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Though he owns Cache 42 and was involved in “every detail of the restaurant,” Commercial Appeal reported that the rapper is not part of the day-to-day operations of the restaurant and lounge.

Instead, the chef’s duties were assigned to Daris Leatherwood, a Memphis-based chef with a long and storied history in the hospitality industry — who was, perhaps most notably, once Lil Wayne‘s personal chef.

Patrons can expect an “elevated fine dining” experience, which operations manager Jason Spicer said would also feature popular staples such as lamb chops and oxtail.