King Yosef is the project of musician, singer & producer Tayves Yosef Pelletier from Portland, OR. His latest release, The Ever Growing Wound EP, is out today. Yosef shows off a more hardcore / metal / industrial direction here, with the primary influence being Nine Inch Nails.
Having started the King Yosef project in his teens, releases under the moniker are “more extreme and closer to the bleeding edge than most of today’s internet-grown hip-hop. Though he’s produced songs for Billboard Hot 100-charting rap artist like the late XXXTentacion and Ski Mask the Slump God, Yosef animates the lo-fi blown-out brood-scuzz of Soundcloud rap with the vein-popping screams of hardcore and the mechanical noise of industrial” (from a profile piece in REVOLVER Magazine).
While Yosef was continuing to produce for other artists he was starting to develop his own solo material. In this time the King Yosef project started to blend in more diverse influences which was showcased on the 2017 release Fortune Teller.
2018 would see the release of his sophomore album Guilty, a combination of metal, industrial, and hip-hop. This release solidified the King Yosef trademark which continued on subsequent singles such as “Lurch,” “Pity Case” and “Stygian.” In 2021 he released a collaborative LP project with his like-minded friends in Youth Code.