Published Feb 15, 2008Are you looking for a way to freshen up your beat production skills? Are your pockets weighed down by abundant stacks of cash? If the answer to either of these questions is yes, Wu-Tang's RZA and Guitar Center have a solution for you. To "celebrate the Wu-Tang Clan's legacy" the forward-thinking music shop will release an "exclusive, very limited edition" Roland Forat/RZA Custom MV-8800 drum machine. Wait, who or what, is a "Forat" you ask? That'd be Bruce Forat, a pioneering electronic music producer who's tweaked drum machines and keyboards for the likes of Prince, Dr. Dre, the Neptunes, Will.i.am, Lil' Jon, and Snoop Dogg, and is co-customising the beat machines with RZA.
Just how limited is very limited? Only eight machines will be sold to the public, each carrying a hefty price tag of $5,999. That's only about $3,999 above the average cost of a MV-8800. If that seems a bit steep for an upgrade, each machine will be hand-painted by artist Trevor Carlton with custom designs influences by Wu-Tang's 8 Diagrams album. On top of that, all the lucky buyers will be invited to attend a private tutorial with RZA where the iconic rapper will share some of his beat making techniques.
The eight Roland Forat/RZA Custom MV-8800s will go on sale on February 28 at Guitar Center's Hollywood location for walk-in customers only.
Guitar Center is really on a roll for the artist exclusives, having also just acquired a previously unreleased and newly recorded Smashing Pumpkins song titled "SuperChrist" for a compilation only available at Guitar Center outlets in a limited quantity beginning March 1.
RZA With His Roland 8000