“Queensbridge: the world’s largest housing project, with the richest legacy in hip-hop:
from The Juice Crew, to Nas, Mobb Deep and the realest of them all: Tragedy.
While still in his mother’s womb, Tragedy‘s dad is shot dead.
Thirteen years later, with his mom hooked on smack, Tragedy has to hustle to survive,
but the kid’s a rap genius and is signed to the world famous Juice Crew ’til he’s busted and sent to Riker’s at 16.
Tragedy emerges political, releasing his Intelligent Hoodlum album.
‘Nuff respect, but he’s eclipsed by young rapper Nas. Trag falls prey to the streets where he discovers teen rappers Capone-N-Noreaga. After dissing Snoop Dogg, they get a record deal. Tragedy is hailed as a genius for masterminding their geo-political War Report album.
Capone is busted and Noreaga finds stardom, leaving Tragedy to starve. Then Tragedy‘s mom ODs. At first Tragedy turns to crime, then finds inspiration, turning pain to beauty with underground albums Against All Odds and Still Reporting. Tragedy meets Nore to talk about making music together again, but cops pull up on ‘em, throwing Tragedy in jail.
Out on bail, Tragedy is still reporting from the hood, keeping it real in Queensbridge.”
Prison sentence: On December 27, 2007, Tragedy was convicted
of selling narcotics and sentenced to a maximum of four years in prison.
He was released on June 23, 2010.