How many artists working today can honestly say they played an integral roll in birthing an entire genre of music? Aside from a few legacy bands who can claim they helped pioneer various offshoots of rock and metal, only a handful of current artists can say they took the chances needed to facilitate an entire movement being born, and one of them happens to be a Minnesota resident best known as Mod Sun.
If you have ever been a fan of the alternative music genre you have likely heard the name Mod Sun by now. Hailing from the Twin Cities with a penchant for kindness and a love of marijuana that may even impress Snoop Dogg, Mod Sun has been spearheading the so-called “hippy-hop” movement for the better part of a decade. His music blends together rap, reggae, jam bands, and just a pinch of punk aesthetics together to create a truly intoxicating sound that music fans of all ages have started to flock to whenever they need a break from what is being promoted through radio and traditional media outlets. To say he’s a musical outlier would probably put a smile on his face, and it wouldn’t be too far from the truth. There was no one like Mod Sun when he burst on the scene, and those attempting to leverage his style for their own gain have yet to take his genre crown.
Today, Mod Sun took a step towards mainstream attention with the release of a new song titled “Smokin’ What I’m Smokin On’.” The track, which includes production from the legendary Don Cannon, features guest appearances from “Broccoli” hitmaker D.R.A.M. and “I Just Wish” sensation Rich The Kid. You can stream the single below:
Speaking to The Fader about his new song via email, Mod Sun wrote:
“I’ve been wanting to work with Don Cannon since I started rapping. He sent me this beat and I knew the second I heard it who I wanted on it. D.R.A.M. and Rich The Kid came on and made this an absolute anthem. People are about to hear a whole new side of me.”
Mod Sun is expected to release more new music as we move through the summer, but right now his immediate plans are not known. We’ll update you as more information becomes available.