As a youth, Lotus would play in garage and metalcore bands as a bassist, often screaming vocals as well. Tired of not being able to play more experimental music, Lotus founded the goth metal band Begotten in 2016. While working at a dead-end warehouse job, Lotus became increasingly drawn to Wicca Phase Springs Eternal, Cold Hart, and others’ avant-garde approach to hip-hop. He eventually left the band to start his own solo project: Lotus.
He started rapping and singing in late 2016, releasing various singles with local Texan artists fats’e and scum. A year later, he connected with producer Nedarb and issued his first project, “Bodybag.” Shortly after, Lotus met smrtdeath and Lil Aaron, creating the tongue-in-cheek trio Boyfriendz, who would go on to release 2 projects of their own. In 2018, Lotus released his turbulent EP with Horse Head, “i did this to myself.”