Only a few individuals can claim to have multiple collaborations with Jordan and the original Nike label, and Canadian rapper Drake is one of them. The rapper had a collaborative relationship with Nikewhich has been going on for almost 10 years apart from a little hiccup.
In this 10 year period, Duck and Nike have produced many memorable Air Jordans and Nike silhouettes, including the remarkable Air Jordan 11 in pink snakeskin mudguards, Air Jordan 8 honoring Charles Oakley, and many more. However, their connection goes deeper as the rapper shot his iconic music video for Laugh now you will cry later on the Nike campus.
Now, as the next step in the Drake x Nike partnership is on the way with Certified Lover makeover on Air Force 1Sportskeeda takes a look at all the collaborative sneakers released by the two.
Top 5 Drake x Nike Air Jordan collaborations to remember
1) Air Jordan 3 Retro Drake vs. Lil Wayne
This is one of the rarest sneaker collaborations between Drake and Michael Jordan’s labels. The dynamic duo unveiled a pair of samples of air jordan 3 in Drake’s makeover against Lil Wayne. In 2014, the Canadian singer went on tour with his mentor Lil Wayne and made two takes.
One of the sneakers comes in a predominantly white hue, while the other is black. The silhouette is constructed from custom insoles, tumbled leather and matching laces to execute Street Fighter vibes. The black colorway of the kicks auctioned off on eBay for $25,000 in 2015.
2) Air Jordan 10 White “OVO”
After releasing several samples and exclusives, Drake’s label, October’s Very Own, and Jordan Brand finally collaborated for a public release. The Air Jordan 10 White “OVO” is made from leather with a top White hue dressing most of the upper. The white upper hue contrasts with striped leather overlays and white midsoles.
Gold accents are found throughout the upper and the translucent outsole completes the look. “OVO” branding appears printed on the bottom, which completes the overall look. The pair was launched on NIKE, SNKRSand select retailers on September 12, 2015, retailing for $225.
3) Air Jordan 12 White OVO
One of the best couples born from the OVO-The relationship between Nike and Drake is the Air Jordan Retro 12 in the White colourway. The silhouette launched on October 1, 2016, retailing for $225. Currently, they can be used on reseller sites for $1,216. The white and gold colorway was also released alongside the black counter version.
The sneakers were announced alongside Drake sixteen summer concert. The kick construction is kept intact like its previous models, with the gold elements getting most of the attention.
4) Drake x Air Jordan 8 “Calipari Pack”
Drake’s Toronto label OVO collaborated with the swoosh label in 2017 to release the AJ8 Calipari Pack, featuring two pairs in “house” and “away” colors. The sneakers were named after University of Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari, who spent time with Drake in Memphis.
The sneakers were only made in 80 units and were released at Nike, SNKRS and select retailers on May 27, 2017, retailing for $140. The pair features a black leather upper and signature OWL logos on the sock liners and heel loops. The pair was sold at Sotheby’s for between $6,000 and $8,000.
5) Air Jordan 4 “Drake/Raptors”
This silhouette was given with Drake’s name attached to the iconic Toronto team. The sneakers were released on June 2, 2019 and come in red, black, and purple hues. The Jumpman logo on the tongue tag was accompanied by Southern Drake’s signature.
The shoe is infamous due to the hiccups the artist encountered when Pusha T wrote a diss song for him and rumors of a collaboration between rival Adidas and the Canadian singer surfaced. However, it was still one of the most talked about sneakers and it was released for a retail price of $200.
Drake’s partnership with Nike and Jordan has continued despite many issues, and they continue to release iconic silhouettes such as the Air Terra, Air Force 1 and many more.