Making his musical debut with the 2017 single "By Myself," $NOT's early career was defined by the D.I.Y. ethos of the era. Dipping his toes into numerous key scenes, the rapper's early releases varied from Playboi Carti-esque circular trap to the brash, screaming bangers of contemporaries like XXXTentacion. Continuing to adapt and evolve, the young musician spent 2018 on more melancholic terms, adopting a muffled, BONES-esque tone for ironically gloomy singles like "Joyful" and "Mi Vida Loca." His first project came with the five-track EP The Ti$ue Files; released in April 2018, the EP embodied the lo-fi sonics of his career thus far, providing an experimental mix of lethargic trap anthems. $NOT's breakout hit was soon to arrive with the October 2018 single "Gosha," which adopted the laid-back delivery of his signature work thus far, and he quickly racked up tens of millions of streams across platforms worldwide. With a strong fan base behind him, the rapper continued to experiment throughout 2019 (even venturing into country-trap for the single "Billy Boy") before kicking off 2020 with his debut album, - TRAGEDY +. The March project, true to $NOT's tried-and-tested approach, added fresh production touches to his blend of chilled-out trap, including key hits "Gosha" and "Beretta." He returned that October with his second full-length, Beautiful Havoc, which included guest spots by Iann Dior, Denzel Curry, and Flo Milli.