Matthew David Schuler, also known by the Hip‐Hop moniker Modern Day Soulja (MDS), was born in West Covina, California, but raised one town over in the City of La Puente. In 1998, at the age of 13, MDS discovered an early love for poetry and a creative skill
in writing. His talent and passion for music took him into creating lyrical compositions early in high school. To then practicing the art of the free style, while investing in his own home recording studio to embark into his love and dream of making music to touch the masses worldwide. Soon after graduating High School, on March 25th, 2006, Matthew’s only brother was a victim to gang violence and murdered in the same city they grew up in their entire
lives. The loss nearly tore his family apart and the perception of the once happy‐go lucky poet took a dramatic turn. Though weighted to give in, Modern Day Soulja suppressed the pain and turned his
love for music into his form of expression and meditative healing. Since the ordeal, MDS made a promise to always continue his brother’s legacy everywhere he went and used his music as a tribute to his beloved fallen brother and lost loved ones.
“Music is forever,” said MDS in an interview. “I carry the name of all those that I have lost with me in my music. Therefore their memory and soul’s presence eternally lives on and is felt on a daily basis through the power of music”. “The Next Level,” MDS’s first mix tape in 2011, delivered a set of raw passion and immaculate rhythm behind a microphone. Topics such as: Traces of My Life,
Breakthrough, The Good Die Young, Just Be, Pray Everyday, Music & Life, and other commemorative concepts brought back a much needed feel good essence to hip hop.
Soon following, on the 6th year anniversary of his brother’s death, MDS released his second mix tape, a tribute to one of the greatest rap artist who ever lived and his personal favorite; Tupac Shakur.
Promotion and distribution of the two projects expanded throughout the United States and Canada after the inspiring poet ventured on the “Christ Consciousness 2012 US Tour” this past summer. The tour, featuring Modern Day Soulja and Andre
Auram, consisted of performances, documentary videography, promotion, networking, video shoots, selling merchandise, and much more throughout more than 15 states & 20 Cities (Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Tennessee, Virginia, DC,
Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Minnesota, South Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Detroit, Windsor Canada and more…) in the US. The entire tour was inspired around the faith in the most high and a booked performance at “The Emancipation Festival” in Windsor Canada.
From just another individual with a common dream, to a motivated hip‐hop artist with the sole purpose of spreading life‐changing sound waves to the world; this is Modern Day Soulja! This is Music!