Tucson rapper and producer Sui Blue considers himself a listener more then anything. "That's pretty much what it come down to, pretty much," says Blue. You can see Blue perform Dec. 18 at R Bar
and listen to his music on SoundCloud
What was the first concert you attended?
As a kid, I used to go to garage shows. Like hardcore band and stuff like that, but I guess the first major show was Metallica in 2008. I'm pretty sure it was KFMA Day and I was in high school.
What was the first album you owned?
Cam'ron's Purple Haze
. Seriously, I still have it at my house. I listen to it every other day. Its still fuckin' gold man, its so good and I was so fortunate to get my hands on that because I had no idea who Dipset was. I grew up on like Bone Thugs-n-Harmony so when I got that CD I was like, "What the hell is this?"
What are you listening to these days?
I listen to everything. Amy Winehouse, Young Thug, George Strait, John Mayer. I really listen to everything aside from like Mexican music just because I don't understand it, I don't speak Spanish. I've been on that new Isaiah Rashad, its pretty tight.
What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone seem to love, but you just don't get?
Dude, I can't mess with [Lil] Yachety. I get it, get your money and stuff, but I don't get it. It's downhill for me, honestly. It doesn't have any substance.
What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?
Amy Winehouse for sure. Also I've never seen Brand New, but I know when I see them, or if I see them, I'm going to cry.
What is your favorite guilty pleasure?
Adele—and I shouldn't even feel guilty man, she's great. And you know what, Tegan and Sara, too, dude. I love Tegan and Sara. Its funny, people go through my iTunes on my laptop and see Tegan and Sara and they'll look at me and say "Are you serious?" which kinda sucks but whatever.
What song would you like to have played at your funeral?
Damn. I don't know. I try not to think about that stuff. Probably—damn that's a tough one—Max B "Blow me a Dub."
What artist changed your life and how?
Kid Cudi. Kid Cudi for sure. When Man on the Moon II
drop I was going through a serious thing and that album definitely saved me. Kid Cudi till this day makes incredible music.
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
This is a tough one, man. I wanna say—fuck, I can't pick one—Amy Winehouse's Back to Black.