Mod Sun, whose name stands for “Movement on Dreams Stand Under None,” is a rapper who helped pioneer the “hippy-hop” genre and whose positive lyrics aim to inspire listeners to turn their dreams into reality.
Q: As a recording and touring artist, what does it feel like to have an impact on people and what does it feel like to have a voice?
A: For me, it just breaks down to what gives me a purpose and what makes me feel like I have a purpose. The first time I ever had someone say, “oh man your music saved my life,” or “your book saved my life,” it feels like I won a Grammy. I feel like I accomplished what I’m already supposed to accomplish and now everything from there is extra credit. It gives me a purpose to wake up in the morning because sometimes I wake up in the morning and I feel like I’m not doing enough, which is a very human feeling. But then being able to have people cheer you on is what really moves me. There are people making changes in the world who have no cheerleaders and I applaud them more than I applaud people like me because I have people who push me to keep doing it.
Q: Is that what made you want to create work that has a meaning?
A: What really made me want to do it is because I know that positivity is the only thing that will help you in life. Thinking negative will only bring you negative. Thinking about things you don’t want will only bring you things you don’t want. It all started with positivity and the idea around wanting to make music that’s bigger than me. I’m not even Mister Positive yet, but I want to manifest it and speak it into existence. My first music was me starting by going, “I’m going to talk like I’m already this,” and then slowly become that. A big tool for anyone who wants to change is that you need to talk about yourself as if you are already that. You can become that the next day when you wake up. I redesign myself, I restructure myself, and I decide to become the person that I admire.
Q: How did you get the ball rolling?
A: Law of attraction. Anyone who dives into that will be able to touch the base and understand that thinking good brings you good. That’s kind of what got me started.
Q: What do you think you want your work to accomplish? What is your vision for the future?
A: I want to put it in the hands of the young people. I don’t like that old people make the rules, I don’t like that old people write the books, and I don’t like that old people run the fucking industry. I really think that when your hair goes, you should go. You shouldn’t be trying to tell me what culture is when you don’t know. I really feel like I want to put this in the hands in the hands of kids. I want to have kids writing literature. I want to have our history books not be filled with fucking tears anymore, because they are; they’re filled with fucking tears.
Q: How do you think we take that power and put it back in our hands?
A: “1970s, Power to the People.” It’s the only way to do it. Nothing’s going to change it except us. Words don’t change it, actions change it. As much as I want to talk about stuff, I have to be it and I have to live it or else it won’t do anything. And so people have all the power, they just have to stand up. That’s it, that’s how it works.