Here at Ballantine’s, we live by a Stay True Manifesto. But staying true to yourself doesn’t mean staying the same. It’s about not being afraid to try new things and living outside the confines of expectations. And if there’s someone that embodies this sentiment, it’s RZA. Best known as a founding member and the leader of the influential hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan, he is also a filmmaker, vegan, chess champion and award-winning producer.
RZA is recognised for his distinctive music production style and use of soulful samples, gritty beats and martial arts-inspired sound clips but his pursuits, much like Ballantine’s Finest blended scotch whisky, are as versatile as they come.
RZA has composed scores for blockbusters, including Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill series, and directed and appeared in films such as The Man with the Iron Fists. And now, he has partnered with us for a Ballantine’s x RZA collaboration that brings together the best of music, whisky, and extraordinary creativity.
To celebrate the first drop, we’re looking back on the legendary career of RZA the producer by highlighting just a few of the albums he has contributed to over the last three decades. So pour yourself a whisky on the rocks and let yourself enjoy the tunes as we lift the lid, place a record on the platter and shift the tonearm to get this playlist started.