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.


Derek Smith was born on March 10, 1987 in Bloomington, Minnesota. When Smith turned 18, he changed his first name to Dylan. Smith's stage name, by which he is most known, is Mod Sun, an acronym that stands for "Movement on Dreams, Stand Under None." Mod Sun was formerly a member of the post-hardcore band Four Letter Lie, in which he played drums from 2004 to 2009. He left the band to pursue a rap career. He also was the drummer of the post-hardcore band Scary Kids Scaring Kids from 2009 until their disbandment in 2010. He drummed during their 2010 tour and opened shows during the tour as Mod Sun. He has released five mixtapes and three EPs throughout his solo career. Mod Sun's style of music is often described as "hippy hop." Mod Sun's debut album "Look Up" was released on March 10, 2015 through Rostrum Records.


Studio albums


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


  • 2009: "I'll Buy Myself"
  • 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"
  • 2011: "Paradisity"
  • 2012: "All Night, Every Night" (feat. The Ready Set)
  • 2012: "Save" (feat. Ab-Soul, Rich Hil & Metasota)
  • 2013: "My Hippy"
  • 2014: "1970"
  • 2015: "Howlin' At the Moon"
  • 2015: "Pound On The Way"

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, & Sir Michael Rocks


Non-fiction books

  • 2012: Did I Ever Wake Up?

Poetry books

  • 2015: My Dear Pink


2015: "Happy to be here"

2016: "Happy to be here pt. 2"