Combining his interests in electronic dance music, hip-hop, and indie rock, Yoshi Flower is the project of Josh Smith, a Los Angeles-based musician formerly of Detroit duo Gosh Pith. He made his debut as Yoshi Flower in early March of 2018 with "Movies," an electro-pop love song that imagines his love interest as the star of his film. The same week, Los Angeles' Elohim released the song "Panic Attacks" featuring Yoshi Flower; the latter kicked off a string of dates in support of Elohim's North American tour. Before the end of the month, Smith released his follow-up solo single, "Just on Drugs." Another single, "Woke," and the maxi-single "Brown Paper Bag" both led up to the October release of his debut mixtape, American Raver. Striking a deal with Interscope, Smith made his label debut in early 2019 with "In the Morning" and "Dirty Water," followed in May of that year by "Validation."