The first in a series of drops in collaboration with Ballantine’s, Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA has designed a branded “one-of-a-kind” vinyl turntable and Bluetooth speaker in partnership with Crosley Radio.
Wu-Tang Clan frontman RZA unveiled his branded Crosley vinyl record player in an unboxing video showcasing the first in a series of drops through his new collaboration with Scotch Whisky brand Ballantine’s.
Designed and signed by the legendary hip-hop star, the Ballantine’s x RZA Crosley turntable comes with a Montero Bluetooth speaker, available beginning June 30. The limited-edition release coincides with the 50th anniversary of hip-hop and the 30th anniversary of Wu-Tang Clan’s debut, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers).
The record player, built by Louisville-based audio electronics specialist Crosley Radio, is the first in a wave of product releases between Ballantine’s and RZA, “whether it’s discovering new music, trying out new recipes, or getting your hands on a limited-edition capsule collection.”
“Whether you’re an audiophile or simply a lover of extraordinary experiences, this partnership invites you to witness the intersection of mastery, passion, and creativity,” reads the release on Ballantine’s website.
“Crosley is proud to announce a partnership with Ballantine’s Scotch Whisky and hip-hop legend RZA, commemorating the 50th anniversary of hip-hop,” begins Crosley’s announcement about the collaboration.
“Together, we are releasing the Ballantine’s x RZA Crosley collection, featuring a bespoke C6 record player and Montero speaker. The distinctive design, rooted in a shared love for music, encourages self-expression across genres. By celebrating individual taste, Crosley, Ballantine’s, and RZA want to inspire you to embrace your passions and forge your own path.”
“RZA’s multifaceted background as a kung fu master, filmmaker, chess champion, producer, and actor aligns seamlessly with Ballantine’s pioneering spirit, dating back to its founder, George Ballantine, who challenged conventions in whisky-making since 1827,” the release concludes.
The limited-edition Ballantine’s x RZA Crosley record player is available beginning June 30 for $399.