Mod Sun, birth name – Derek Smith, is an American rapper, drummer, and singer, who calls his music hippy-hop. He gained popularity after the release of his first EP in 2010. In 2017, Mod Sun released his second studio album, titled – ”Movie.”
His name is actually an acronym which is standing for – “Movement on Dreams, Stand under None.” During an interview, he said:
”I have a sound inside my head, the “Mod Sun sound.” I like to really make the music a part of the song, not just some loop over and over.”
He was born on March 10, 1987, in Bloomington, Minnesota, USA.
His parents divorced when he was young. After the divorce, Derek spent some time living with his father in Long Beach, California.
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I had a therapy session yesterday + was given a lot of advice on how to make sure these huge life changes happening for me right now aren’t just me being in a manic state. One thing I was told was to keep my expectations manageable…+ with that I should take a good look at how far I’ve come specifically in the last couple months. Like really look at myself then + now. So I took that literally + began looking at older photos of me. It blew my mind…I dunno man…no hate on myself, but I can’t believe how much more beautiful my eyes + skin + hair + body + glow is now. It’s really fucking crazy how alcohol + hard drugs + toxic surroundings + bad health can cross your wires. I AM SO HAPPY TO BE HERE! Really here….present + healthy + sexy + nice + learning + forgiving + making amazing music + taking the steps forward ❤️
Smith began his music career as a drummer for the heavy metal bands Four Letter Lie (the group formed in 2004 and in May 2005 they released an EP called – Her Escape) and Scary Kids Scaring Kids (an American post-hardcore band formed in Gilbert, Arizona, in 2002).
In 2010, Derek released his first EP, entitled – ”The Hippy Hop.”
On March 10, 2015, he released his debut album, titled – ”Look Up” through Rostrum Records, an independent record label that was founded in 2003. The album peaked at #1 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart.
In March 2017, Smith delivered his sophomore LP, Movie, featuring the single “Two.”
He dated Bella Thorne for almost two years.
Bella Thorne is an American model, singer, actress, author, and music video director. Thorne began her career as a child model. She has appeared in over 40 commercials. Her mother has Irish, English, German, Italian, and Welsh ancestry. Her father was of Cuban descent.
Some of the movies and television series she has appeared include the following:
- Assassination Nation (2018);
- Midnight Sun (2018);
- The Babysitter (2017);
- Amityville: The Awakening (2017);
- You Get Me (2017);
- Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (2015);
- The DUFF (2015);
- Blended (2014);
- Famous in Love (2017–2018) as Paige Townsen;
- Shake It Up (2010–2013) as CeCe Jones;
- Big Love (2010) as Tancy Henrickson;
- My Own Worst Enemy (2008) as Ruthy Spivey.
They broke up in 2019. In October 2019, it was reported that Bella Thorne’s new girlfriend is Alex Martini, a heavily inked production assistant.
While appearing on “The Domenick Nati Show,” Derek questioned Bella’s fidelity during their relationship. He said:
“I broke up with her. I ended the relationship! She’s the one who took it straight to the internet and went ‘We’re done.'”
Smith went on to say:
”We’re done because she wanted to have her name, her little two cents on the ‘we broke up.’ That’s some lame, lame shit to me anyway for her to go to the internet right away.”
He also said:
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I can’t tell u how excited I am to be back in my hometown tomorrow. Its almost like I’m returning as an entirely different person. I can’t wait to hug my mother + be present in that moment for the first time in so so many years. I can’t wait to see my sister smile. I can’t wait to perform in front of all my day ones. I can’t wait to walk around my old neighborhood with headphones on listening to Taking Back Sunday. If you don’t have tickets yet all I can say is PLEASE do cuz I’m gonna put on the best show of my entire career so far tomorrow evening in Minneapolis MN. We will have tickets at the door so don’t miss it + spread the word my friends!
“I sure as hell was [faithful]. I’m not going to speak for her.”
Derek later added:
”You already saw that she be with someone the next day so you know how my head gonna be after I see that right? You know what I’m going to be thinking.”
Just days later, Bella was photographed kissing Benjamin Mascolo in San Diego. He is an Italian singer who is part of the pop duo group ”Benji & Fede.”
Bella also dated:
- Scott Disick – reality star who gained fame on the reality series Keeping Up with the Kardashians;
- Chandler Parsons – basketball player who was a second-round pick of the Houston Rockets;
- Tyler Posey – actor who landed his breakout role as Scott McCall on the drama Teen Wolf;
- Tana Mongeau – popular YouTube content creator. Her channel has earned more than 4.62 million subscribers.
He has published several books, including:
- Did I Ever Wake Up – a step by step guide on how to make life a dream;
- My Dear Pink – a collection of poems;
- Happy To Be Here Vol 1 & 2;
- So Long Los Angeles.
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Before I went to sleep last night I begged that I’d get to wake up + do it all over again. This photo was shot just over a year ago, so many miracles have happened since then. I’m grateful, period. So so grateful…..+ u will never be great until ur grateful. Let’s be that together. WHAT ARE U GRATEFUL FOR?!?!? Everybody telling me that I got next up, I think it’s bout time that I flex up. 🦴🦷🎲⭐️ready for a new freestyle video
”You’ll never be lonely if you love the person you’re alone with.”
”I feel present right now.”
”I’m currently 20 days clean of drugs and alcohol which happens to be the longest I’ve gone since 15 years old.”
”I know what I want my material to sound like, and when I work with other people I can only get it so close to what I want it to be.”
“It’s about empowerment. It’s about saying it’s okay to sit by yourself on a Friday night and make music.”
Featured singles are:
- 2018: “:)” by LIL PHAG and Dr. Woke;
- 2016: “Sublime” by Machine Gun Kelly;
- 2016: “Holla” by MAX;
- 2014: “Raw Cypher” by Dizzy Wright, Like, and Sir Michael Rocks;
- 2014: “All I Need Is Sunshine” by The Gooneez & Sidereal;
- 2013: “Let It Bang” by Jbre & Dougie Kent;
- 2013: “The Tortoise and the Hare” by The Weekend Hustler;
- 2013: “Get Loco” by T.T.;
- 2013: “Right Now” by Goody;
- 2012: “Catch Me Smilin” by Joe B.;
- 2012: “I Think It’s Hot” by Def Gone Graphic.
His released singles are:
- 2019: “I Remember Way Too Much”;
- 2019: “Tipi/2005 Flex Up”;
- 2019: “Amen”
- 2019: “Shoulder”
- 2019: “Selfish”
- 2019: “Blue Cheese”
- 2019: “Tell Me All Your Secrets”;
- 2019: “Psycho Smile”;
- 2018: “Burning Up”;
- 2018: “Runaway”;
- 2015: “Pound on the Way”;
- 2015: “Howlin’ at the Moon”;
- 2014: “1970”;
- 2013: “My Hippy”;
- 2012: “Save” (feat. Ab-Soul, Rich Hil & Metasota);
- 2012: “All Night, Every Night” (featuring The Ready Set);
- 2011: “Paradisity”;
- 2010: “Need That”.
- 2012: First Take;
- 2011: Blazed by the Bell;
- 2011: Health, Wealth, Success, & Happiness;
- 2009: How to Make a MOD SUN;
- 2009: Let Ya Teeth Show;
- 2009: I’ll Buy Myself .
- 2012: Happy as Fuck;
- 2011: In MOD We Trust;
- 2010: The Hippy Hop EP.
His released studio albums are:
- 2019: TBD;
- 2017: BB;
- 2017: Movie – this album peaked at #16 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart;
- 2015: Look Up.
From age 5 to ten, Derek moved often due to his mother having to relocate for different jobs.
Smith invented the term “hippy hop” to describe his brand of hippie-influenced hip hop music.
Mod Sun – Net Worth
Furthermore, Derek has a YouTube channel that has more than 35 million views (about $70,000 in revenue) and sells his albums and singles (especially online). In addition, Smith has published several books. Therefore, Mod Sun has an estimated net worth of $1.82 million.