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Mod Sun

Mod Sun
Mod Sun Derek Dylan Smith.jpg
Mod Sun photographed by Conner Evert (2014)
Background information
Derek Smith
Dylan Smith
Born (1987-03-10) March 10, 1987 (age 32)
Bloomington, Minnesota, United States
GenresAlternative, hip hop, post-hardcore, emo
Musician, songwriter, author, poet
Instrumentsvocals, guitar, piano, drums
LabelsRostrum Universal Music Group Distribution
Four Letter Lie, Bella Thorne, Scary Kids Scaring Kids, The Ready Set, Riff Raff, G-Eazy, Machine Gun Kelly, blackbear

Derek Smith (born March 10, 1987), known professionally as Mod Sun (stylized as MOD SUN, an acronym standing for "Movement on Dreams, Stand under None"), is an American rapper, author, rock musician and poet from Bloomington, Minnesota.

Early life

Derek Smith was born on March 10, 1987, in Bloomington, Minnesota. Later his father left for California and his parents got a divorce, after which Smith spent some time living in Long Beach, California, where his father lived. From age five to ten, he moved frequently due to his mother having to relocate for various jobs.[1]

Music career

Mod Sun was formerly a member of the post-hardcore band Four Letter Lie,[2] in which he played drums from 2004 to 2009. He left them to become drummer for the post-hardcore band Scary Kids Scaring Kids from 2009 until their disbandment in 2010.[3]

Mod Sun has released five mixtapes and three EPs throughout his solo career. His style of music has been described as "hippy hop". Mod Sun's debut album, Look Up, was released on March 10, 2015, through Rostrum Records.[3] It peaked at #1 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart.[4] On March 10, 2017, his second studio album, Movie, was released, also through Rostrum Records. It peaked at #16 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart.[5]


Studio albums

  • 2015: Look Up
  • 2017: Movie (peaked at #16 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart[5])
  • 2017: "BB"
  • 2019: TBD


  • 2010: The Hippy Hop EP
  • 2011: In MOD We Trust
  • 2012: Happy as Fuck


  • 2009: I'll Buy Myself[6]
  • 2009: Let Ya Teeth Show
  • 2009: How to Make a MOD SUN
  • 2011: Health, Wealth, Success, & Happiness
  • 2011: Blazed by the Bell
  • 2012: First Take


  • 2010: "Need That"[7]
  • 2011: "Paradisity"
  • 2012: "All Night, Every Night" (feat. The Ready Set)
  • 2012: "Save" (featuring Ab-Soul, Rich Hil & Metasota)
  • 2013: "My Hippy"[8]
  • 2014: "1970"
  • 2015: "Howlin' at the Moon"[9]
  • 2015: "Pound on the Way"
  • 2018: "Runaway"
  • 2018: "Burning Up"
  • 2019: "Psycho Smile"
  • 2019: "Tell Me All Your Secrets"
  • 2019: "Blue Cheese"
  • 2019: "Selfish"
  • 2019: "Shoulder"
  • 2019: "Amen"

Featured singles

  • 2012: "I Think It's Hot" by Def Gone Graphic
  • 2012: "Catch Me Smilin" by Joe B.
  • 2013: "Right Now" by Goody
  • 2013: "Get Loco" by T.T.
  • 2013: "The Tortoise and the Hare" by The Weekend Hustler
  • 2013: "Let It Bang" by Jbre & Dougie Kent
  • 2014: "All I Need Is Sunshine" by The Gooneez & Sidereal
  • 2014: "Raw Cypher" by Dizzy Wright, Like, and Sir Michael Rocks
  • 2016: "Holla" by MAX
  • 2016: "Sublime" by Machine Gun Kelly
  • 2018: ":)" by LIL PHAG and Dr. Woke


Non-fiction books

  • 2012: Did I Ever Wake Up?

Poetry books

  • 2015: My Dear Pink
  • 2018: So Long Los Angeles


2015: "Happy to be here"

2016: "Happy to be here pt. 2"


  1. ^ Mod Sun - Topic (2015-11-30), Did I Ever Wake Up? (Pt. 1), retrieved
  2. ^ Baker, Brian (11 February 2013). "Mod Sun". CityBeat Cincinnati. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Mod Sun - Biography". Billboard. Archived from the original on 13 August 2016. Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ "Mod Sun Look Up Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved .
  5. ^ a b "Mod Sun Movie Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved .
  6. ^ "DatPiff :: The Authority in Free Mixtapes". DatPiff.
  7. ^ "MOD SUN on Apple Music". Apple Music.
  8. ^ Bird, Michelle. "Mod Sun premieres my hippy video". AP Alt Press. Archived from the original on 23 January 2013. Retrieved 2018.
  9. ^ Guido, Emma (26 February 2016). "Mod Sun Releases Music Video For "Howlin' At The Moon"". Under the Gun Review. Retrieved 2018.

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