Release Date: June 2, 2019
Controversy ruined what could've been seen as a victory lap for the artist and the brand alike. This was Drake's name attached to a Jordan 4 Retro in Toronto's team colors of black, purple and red. Leaked images generated a lot of chatter when people noticed Drake's signature sketched below the Jumpman logo on the tongue tag, which was the only real distinction between it and what would become the retail version.
The shoe suffered the misfortune of Drake and Jordan Brand reportedly being on the outs and the Canadian superstar supposedly looking to jump ship to rival brand Adidas. That was until pesky Pusha T blew things up with a damaging diss song. The jig was up, the public knew too much about Drake's business, and personal, dealings. It created a distraction around a release that should've been an easy layup.
The general release pair did eventually arrive in August 2018 before the version bearing Drake's name arrived almost one year later in June 2019, in limited fashion, in celebration of the Raptors' first NBA Championship.