Various leaker accounts gave us our first look at the rumored Nike Air Jordan 4 “Raptors” last week, with hawk-eyed Jordan heads noticing a small design change that they claim confirms Drake’s long-speculated move to adidas.
Drake is famously at the center of a tug of war between Jordan Brand and adidas, as the rapper is rumored to swap the Jumpman for the three stripes.
According to @py_rates on Instagram, the Raptors Air Jordan 4, which is done up in the Drake’s favorite NBA team’s colors, officially dubbed “University Red” and “Court Purple,” was supposed to feature Drake’s signature on the tongue. However, the leaked images circulating online show that the regular Jumpman logo is being used instead.
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2018 Air Jordan Retro 4 NRG #Raptors originally made for @champagnepapi peep his signature on the tongue❗️Retail version does not include his sig on the tongue.
Adding fuel to the fire was Nick “Swaggy P” Young who, during an interview with Grailed, listed OVO alongside himself and Kanye West answering a question about how adidas is the Golden State Warriors of the lifestyle industry.
OVO is, of course, Drake’s label October’s Very Own and Nick Young is an adidas athlete who might be privy to more information regarding which side Drake lands on.
Viral. • • Ladies and Gentleman we give to you the Air Jordan 4 NRG “Raptor” • • Not any confirmed release date as of right now, rumor was this month, but we feel this could have been pushed back since so many 🔥 drops are happening. • • The suede is so butter on all the “NRG” Jordan releases, and this pair is at that same level. Check out the tongue on this beauty! • We have pairs ready in hand to ship tomorrow • • The Axis Pose. Shout out to the homeboy @jfteezy🙌🏽 oh and most people will steal this pic…but I think people know by now🌊
What do you think? Is Nick Young just trolling us? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
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