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Mod Sun: A Minnesota Hippie Rapper With Hardcore-Punk Roots

by Nicole Frehsee on Feb 14, 2011

. Photo by Manson Photo.

Who: Not long ago, Dylan Smith quit his gig drumming for a screamo band and decided to rap. Now he hopes to popularize hip-hop with a new crowd – perhaps his former audience, hardcore-punk fans. "I'm bringing a bunch of people into the genre who wouldn't have touched it before," he says.

Sound: Spare loops and soulful rhymes about utopian worlds and "the path less traveled."

Bud Brothers: The MC opened up for the Wu-Tang Clan in Minneapolis – and shared his weed. "I was standing behind them onstage, passing them joints the whole time," he says.

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