Tragedy began his career in the late '80s as a young emcee hailing from Queensbridge, the stomping grounds of Nas, Mobb Deep, CNN, and others. He initially worked with QB producer Marley Marl and went by the name Intelligent Hoodlum. His self-titled 1990 debut was full of political commentary and heady messages in tracks such as "Arrest The President" and "Black And Proud." He came back in '93 as a straight-up gangsta, releasing the commercially ignored Saga Of A Hoodlum. Trag continued to record throughout the '90s, scoring massive underground hits with "Thug Paradise" and "L.A. L.A.," the latter of which introduced the world to Capone-N-Noreaga. He produced and rhymed on CNN's stellar '97 debut The War Report before severing ties with the duo. Tragedy's third album, Against All Odds, was scheduled to drop in '99, but label politics stifled the release. In 2001 he released Thug Matrix independently, followed by Still Reporting in 2003.