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Drake’s Air Jordan 4 “Splatter” Sample Surfaces in Detail

After firmly pledging his allegiance to Jordan Brand on fellow Nike Boy Travis Scott’s “Sicko Mode,” Drake‘s long discussed Air Jordan 4 “Splatter” sample has just resurfaced. But is the timing a coincidence?

Air Jordan 4 "Splatter" Sample
Air Jordan 4 “Splatter” Sample

Given the success of Scott’s official Air Jordan 4 collaboration and its many friends and family offshoots, Jordan Brand collaborators seem to be leaning heavily into the 1989 produced shoe. Drake’s “Splatter” PE features remnants of the “Bred” 4s although stylized with unique odes to OVO’s head honcho.

With the brands owl logo found inside the heel tab, a paint splatter pattern rounds the heel and marks the reinforcements above the midsole. Visible stitching is still seen around the Jumpman at the shoes centermost point while white “Nike Air” branding at the rear matches the shoes midsection.

At present time, there are no release details surrounding Drake’s Air Jordan 4 “Splatter” sample. Keep it locked to Nice Kicks for more details. In the meantime, check out Drizzy’s tour footwear.

Air Jordan 4 "Splatter" Sample
Air Jordan 4 “Splatter” Sample
Air Jordan 4 "Splatter" Sample
Air Jordan 4 “Splatter” Sample
Air Jordan 4 "Splatter" Sample
Air Jordan 4 “Splatter” Sample
Air Jordan 4 "Splatter" Sample
Air Jordan 4 “Splatter” Sample

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Drake’s Viral Videos Are All Part Of God’s Plan, This Company Proves

“I don’t think there’s a science to it,” Director X says matter of factly. The celebrated music video and film director has been asked a simple but subtly complex question — is there a science to making a viral video? The answer is deflating, but expected. Humans crave formulas, rules, and blueprints, but if art were so easily condensed into a box, then it’d cease to be art.

“I mean, you can never tell what’s gonna quite catch,” he continues. “Things are a little different when you’re making a music video with Drake. He’s Drake. You’re already starting with a record. You’re starting with the right music. Then Drake really works hard to create concepts that are going to get attention.”

Director X knows this better than anybody. He arguably gave Drake his first genuinely viral music video with the bar mitzvah to end all bar mitzvahs in 2012’s “HYFR (Hell Ya Fucking Right)” and followed it up three years later with the eternally meme-able “Hotline Bling.”

Now his intern-turned-protégé Karena Evans has taken the reins. She met the legendary director after producer Boi-1da, a mutual friend, shared his personal contact information. Evans, 22, reached out and, in her words, told him, “‘Listen, this is who I am. You don’t know me, but I want to work for you and I just want to show you what I can do.’”

Now, Evans is responsible for five of the biggest music videos of 2018: Drake’s “God’s Plan,” “Nice For What,” “I’m Upset,” and “In My Feelings,” and SZA’s “Garden (Say It Like Dat)” starring Donald Glover. Each has predictably gone viral, garnered millions of views, and positioned the young director as one of the most in-demand filmmakers.

Drake really works hard to create concepts that are going to get attention.

Dynamic, vibrant, and kinetic, Evans’s videos have a warmness and directness that aren’t generally associated with big-budget, major label-backed music videos. Take her latest visual for “In My Feelings.” Over the course of eight minutes, it manages to show off Drake’s endearing side by letting him channel his acting roots, introduces the eternal grace and maternity of Phylicia Rashad to a new generation, pays homage to New Orleans culture, and showcases the overwhelming joy of the “In My Feelings” challenge. And yet, it never feels overstuffed.

Her mentor Director X doesn’t believe in a formula for viral success. Neither does Evans. Exceptional videos, she says, have to express two important elements.

“Let’s capture culture. Let’s capture authenticity,” she explains. “For something like ‘God’s Plan,’ it was like, let’s capture real people and tell a story about giving back and that came from Drake’s heart. So I think the first thing is like, you gotta really believe and you gotta mean it for it to translate through that screen.”

Capturing culture is not only a perfect description of “God’s Plan.” It’s also the ethos of Popp Rok, the Toronto production company built by Director X, executive producer Taj Critchlow, and production head Adam Palmer to give young and diverse directors like Evans and LeSean Harris a chance.

“We’re probably the only black executive producers at a production company, let alone the fucking country,” Critchlow says emphatically.

Popp Rok was formed almost two years ago. The objective, Critchlow explains, was to create something “from Toronto that represents us, the city we love and where we’re from, but we also wanted to create a company that competes on an international level.”

That objective bleeds through the conversation of every person working at Popp Rok. Palmer grew up in the city and remembers a time before Drake and The Weeknd helped shine a light on a place that was artistically overlooked in terms of hip-hop and R&B.

“We been telling you guys for years how dope this thing is and how multi-cultured and able and just a melting pot of music and people and visuals and just creative [this city is],” Palmer shares. “And we knew it for a minute, and it’s just nice to be a part of something where people are kind of really recognizing our work, but recognizing that we’re a Toronto company.”

Let’s capture culture. Let’s capture authenticity.

Defiant, confident, and direct, the men are candid about the hurdles they faced getting Popp Rok to where it is now. “They’re not used to seeing guys like us in the room,” Critchlow continues. “A lot of times, because we come from a music-video background, they kinda look at us like, ‘You sure you can do this commercial?’”

However, the challenges don’t always come from the business side. Evans’s recent visuals have often dropped during some of the most turbulent portions of her clients’ careers. Evans helped turn SZA’s “Garden (Say It Like Dat)” into a tropical oasis, which was a needed reprieve during a summer where the TDE singer was maneuvering through multiple performance and personal issues. Evans also released her Degrassi-inspired video for Drake’s “I’m Upset” while the Toronto rapper was embroiled in his beef with Pusha T. How do those external factors impact her visuals?

“I think I would be kind of naive and ignorant to not see those sort of things,” she says. “I do think that it’s my job as a storyteller to still communicate the story regardless of those other factors. I guess for me personally, Popp Rok is kind of the enabler for my creative expression, so it’s just been a blessing that those significant things have worked in terms of timing of when I’m working with those artists.”

The success of Popp Rok is indebted to the importance of history and lineage. The legendary music video director Hype Williams gave Director X an internship over 20 years ago, and now the same kid who worked on Williams’s film Belly is directing films of his own. Even on the set of his latest feature film, Superfly, X and the team at Popp Rok are still looking to give young and diverse talent a chance. It’s the reason a new director like LeSean Harris can leverage directing videos for OVO Sound’s dvsn into a larger gig working on a Miguel music video for Superfly.

“We wanted to make sure that we had this platform to give opportunities for the next X and the Karenas now of the world and the LeSean Harrises and the Aaron As,” Critchlow explains. “We wanted to make sure that the trials and tribulations that we went through, as far as leaving Toronto to go to New York City and abroad to really make a name for ourselves, to finally be accepted back home — we wanted to make sure that these kids and these storytellers, these directors… they have a portal that they can build from.”

That portal is only getting bigger, but it remains in the city where it all started.

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The 5 Most Shocking Moments From Drake’s Scorpion

Drake’s new album Scorpion is a sonic fable. It isn’t clear if Graham ever read the story of The Scorpion and the Frog, but the tale of the arachnid who requests a trip across the river on an amphibian’s back perfectly parallels the rapper’s current predicament. Over the course of 25 tracks, he seems to grapple with fighting against his nature or succumbing to it. In the original fable, the scorpion ends up piercing the back of the frog and contributing to both of their demises. Thankfully, it doesn’t seem like Drake is comfortable going out like that.

Drizzy has been here before. On More Life‘s outro, “Do Not Disturb,” he demonstrated a sense of clarity about beef and the way it twists and contorts artistry — “Yeah, ducked a lot of spiteful moves / I was an angry yout when I was writin’ Views / Saw a side of myself that I just never knew / I’ll probably self-destruct if I ever lose, but I never do.” Scorpion isn’t self-destruction, but it does arrive at a time when Drake isn’t quite in control of his narrative.

Scorpion clocks in at 90 minutes, and much of that time deals with the fallout of Pusha T’s Drake-dissing “The Story of Adidon.” A majority of the project’s A Side concerns itself with sending potential shots at Kanye West and G.O.O.D. Music, numerous bars defending his choice to keep his son out of the public eye, and pitching Graham as the eternal underdog.

Below are the most shocking revelations on Scorpion and what they mean in the context of Drake’s career.

  1. He Raps About His Son… A Lot

    Standout Lyric: “I wasn’t hidin’ my kid from the world / I was hidin’ the world from my kid” — “Emotionless”

    As far as baby reveals go, Pusha T emphatically rapping, “You are hiding a child, let that boy come home,” was great for him and horrible for everyone else involved. So much of Scorpion is concerned with correcting the narrative that Graham is — in Pusha’s words — “a deadbeat.” There’s even a line on “8 out of 10″ where Drake spits, “The only deadbeats is whatever beats I been rappin’ to.”

    Elsewhere on the album, “March 14″ finds Drake coming to terms with having a child with a woman he met twice and admitting that he’s only seen his son once. In this case, the reality of the situation is more brutal than anything Pusha T said.

  2. Guess Drake Wasn’t A Fan Of The Kanye Albums

    Standout Lyric: “All sevens, no sixes, rest easy, get some shut eye” — “8 out of 10″

    The genius of a Drake subliminal is trying to identify his intended target. On “8 out of 10,” he seems to throw shade at the five albums Kanye produced in 2018. “Nonstop” sees Drizzy calling out rappers “pullin’ gimmicks ’cause they scared to rap,” which is a two-pronged barb — the first part of the lyric likely references the strategy of G.O.O.D. Music’s release schedule, while the second sounds like an indictment of West using writers like CyHi The Prynce, Chance the Rapper, and even Drake to help with his latest solo album.

  3. Did Drake Just Admit He Dated Bella Hadid?

    Standout Lyric: “My house is full of supermodels just like Mohamed Hadid” — ”Sandra’s Rose”

    Last year, rumors circulated that Drake dated Bella, which was awkward because the model famously dated Drizzy’s OVOXO brother The Weeknd. On Scorpion, Drake drops multiple hints that he may have had a brief fling with Bella. On “Finesse,” for example, he raps, “Should I do New York? I can’t decide,” which is a possible allusion to New York Fashion Week. He continues dropping clues by potentially referencing Bella’s sister Gigi: “You and your sister / Too hot to handle.”

    Something tells us Zayn might have a problem with that particular bar.

  4. The Blackface Controversy

    Standout Lyric: “They always ask, ‘Why let the story run if it’s false?’ / You know a wise man once said nothin’ at all” — “Emotionless”

    Drake already addressed the blackface controversy in a written statement, but the leaked photo still doesn’t sit well with many people. On “Emotionless,” he hints about why he didn’t speak up sooner — though wouldn’t that bar and his aforementioned statement constitute saying something?

  5. No More YMCMB?

    Standout Lyric: “Soon as this album drop I’m out of the deal” — ”Is There More”

    The era of YMCMB might finally be coming to a close. Scorpion has the potential to be the last album in Drake’s contract with Young Money/Cash Money, if his lyrics on “Is There More” are to be believed. And on “Survival,” he even references being “independent,” which might usher in a new era of lucrativeness for the “God’s Plan” rapper.

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Pusha T Says Drake’s Upcoming adidas Line is Named After His Son

If you have the Internet or a Soundcloud account, then you’re well aware there’s a pretty vicious rap battle going on at the moment. Pusha T and Drake are sparring at a high level and both fighting dirty. The latest blow comes in the form of “The Story Of Adidon” which alludes to Drizzy having a son that’s both secret and neglected. This allegation came as a surprise and caused some confusion with the following lyric linking the child to Drake’s adidas deal:

Adonis is your son
And he deserves more than an Adidas press run

This morning, Push — also under the adidas roster unless a recent change was made — called into The Breakfast Club to discuss both the beef and the lyric in question.

“Who rolls out their child with a sweatsuit?” questioned Pusha. “See the adidas situation is this: the child, allegedly his new line on adidas is called ADIDON which is named after Adonis his son. We couldn’t know about your child until you start selling sweatsuits and sneakers?”

Hear what Push had to say in the call to The Breakfast Club below.

Lead image by Nick DePaula

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Pusha T Pokes At Drake’s Ghostwriting Allegations On ‘Infrared’

Pusha T has never seen a beef he didn’t want to keep alive. On “Infrared,” the Virginia rapper decided to throw more gasoline on his long-simmering tension with Drake, Lil Wayne, and Birdman.

“It was written like Nas, but it came from Quentin,” Pusha T raps as he makes light of the ghostwriting allegations that have surrounded Drizzy since his beef with Meek Mill. The president of G.O.O.D. Music keeps the pen hot when he aims at Weezy and Baby’s recent issues with each other.

Oh now it’s okay to kill Baby
Niggas looked at me crazy like I really killed a baby
Salute Ross ’cause the message was pure
He see what I see when you see Wayne on tour
Flash without the fire
Another multi-platinum rapper trapped and can’t retire
Niggas get exposed, I see the cracks and I’m the liar?

Pusha T’s animosity toward Cash Money dates all the way back to 2006. Clipse sent subs at Wayne on “Mr. Me Too,” referencing what they saw as jacking in response to a Vibe cover story that saw Wayne in similar Bape clothing. Wayne fired back during a 2006 Complex interview.

“I don’t see no fuckin’ Clipse,” Wayne said. “Come on man. Weezy, man. They had to do a song with us to get hot, B. “What Happened To That Boy?” C’mon B. Don’t do that, dog. This is a fucking legend you’re talking to right here. 14 years, B.”

In the ensuing years, there have been plenty of shots back and forth from Pusha T’s “Exodus 23:1″ and “H.G.T.V.” to Drake’s “Tuscan Leather.” However, 2016′s “Two Birds, One Stone” reheated the beef after Drake doubted Push’s drug dealing credentials. In an interview on Hot 97, Pusha T explained why he responded two years later.

“I feel like the Drake thing, more recently, was about the ‘Two Birds, One Stone’ record. A lot of talk about the record, or whatever the case may be,” Push said. “I guess, just speaking his truth, questioning my validity to the streets and so on and so forth within that verse. It’s fine. That’s what it was. But if we’re gonna question things…it’s my turn to question.”

Guess we will see if Drake takes the bait on Scorpion. Listen to “Infrared” below.

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The Air Jordan 4 “Raptors” Highlights Drake’s Signature at the Tongue

Although release details for the Air Jordan 4 “Raptors” remain somewhat of a mystery, what does appear to be clear is that this northern-inspired iteration of the 1989 produced silhouette is indeed affiliated with Drake.

By now everyone is painfully aware of the rumors surrounding his impending move to adidas. Drake continues to  add fuel to the fire by wearing adidas almost exclusively over the last few months. But before anything official takes place (or doesn’t), there’s still Jordan Brand business at hand. The “Raptors” 4’s represent said business. Sort of.

In lieu of traditional Flight script below the Jumpman logo, Drizzy’s signature is prominently placed on the tongue acting as conclusive evidence that this release was intended for the Toronto son. Yet given the uncertainly of his future with the company, it’s likely the rollout for this shoe will be pretty quiet from a Jordan Brand standpoint. So, in whatever capacity he’s affiliated with this release, it appears to be his final Jordan Brand release.

Stay tuned for more details on the Air Jordan 4 “Raptors” and peep OVO’s Clark Wallabee collaboration here.

Air Jordan 4 “Raptors”

Colorway: Black/University Red/Court Purple
Style #: AQ3816-056
Price: $ 190

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Air Jordan 4 “Raptors”
Air Jordan 4 "Raptors"
Air Jordan 4 “Raptors”
Air Jordan 4 "Raptors"
Air Jordan 4 “Raptors”
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Air Jordan 4 “Raptors”
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We Break Down Where Drake’s $1 Million Went In The ‘God’s Plan’ Video

Drake has been in a giving mood, and it all came to fruition in the video for “God’s Plan.” Over the course of almost six minutes, we see crying faces, smiling children, and Drake’s generosity at the center of it all. Drizzy even hopped on Instagram stories to ask his followers to get into the giving spirit.

“I am not into challenges on IG,” wrote Drake. “I find them annoying…but today I am going to challenge everyone to just go out and do something for someone, anything, the smallest thing, just to bring another human being some joy and please tag me in it somehow so I can see all the love being spread.”

Viewers know the 6 God gave away $ 996,631.90 to the residents of Miami in the “God’s Plan” video, which begs the question — where did all of that money go? There is so much happening onscreen that if you blink, you might miss the latest good deed from Toronto’s reigning king.

Below, MTV News compiled a rundown of Drake’s best deeds and how much they cost. Unfortunately, we probably didn’t catch them all.

  1. OVO Market Sweep

    Total: $ 50,000

    Drake gave Miami residents the most epic game of Supermarket Sweep. “Anything you guys want in the store is free,” Drizzy says through a megaphone in the middle of the grocery store. According to E! News, the trip cost Graham $ 50,000.

  2. Started Out Doin’ College Shows

    Total: $ 50,000

    The Miami Hurricane reported that Drake gave a $ 50,000 check to Destiny James, a junior studying public health at the University of Miami. In an Instagram post thanking Drake, James wrote, “You don’t understand what this means to me. I would’ve never imagined this happening to me. I’m just a girl from Denmark, SC that wants to MAKE IT and be somebody and for you to see my hard work means the world. Thank you so much. God I thank you.”

  3. Icy Like the Frost School

    Total: $ 10,000

    Drake can also be seen giving the University of Miami Frost School of Music a $ 10,000 donation in the video.

  4. Toy Story

    Total: $ 69,500 donation = $ 50,000 directly to the shelter + $ 19,500 in Target gift cards to families

    Drake donated a $ 50,000 check to the Lotus House Women’s Shelter, which supports and provides for homeless women and children. On top of the donation, the Toronto rapper also handed out $ 150 Target gift cards to 130 women and toys for all the children, TMZ reports.

  5. Fast Times At OVO High

    Total: $ 25,000

    A significant portion of the “God’s Plan” video was filmed at Miami Senior High School in South Florida. Drake did more than let students be extras in the visual, He also gave $ 25,000 to the school and agreed to design OVO uniforms for the scholars, reports ABC News.

  6. Fire And Desire

    Total: $ 20,000

    The City of Miami Fire Department also got some love from Graham with a $ 20,000 check.

  7. Shut Down Saks Fifth

    Total: $ 10,000 (honestly, probably a lot more)

    The 6 God took over Saks Fifth for a special woman, Odelie Paret. The head of OVO was inspired by a Miami Herald story, which details how the housekeeper’s commute can take almost three hours as she works at a physically demanding job to support her family. Drake and Antonio Brown from the Steelers reportedly treated the woman to a spa day, dinner at StripSteak, and a shopping spree.

  8. Random Acts Of Kindness

    Total: Priceless

    Honestly, Drake gives away so much in the “God’s Plan” video it is almost impossible to calculate it all without calling up the OVO accountant. We may never know what deal Drizzy got on the cars or the stack of cash he hands out to each family. Thankfully, that isn’t the point. You don’t have to be one of the biggest rappers alive to make someone’s day. Sometimes all it takes is some well-choreographed dance moves and a kind deed.

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It Appears Drake’s “OVO” Air Jordan 10s are Releasing

Competition is a good thing. While some speculated, and spot on at that, that Drake joining Jordan Brand was a counter-move to that of Kanye West leaving Nike for adidas, the two power partnerships are already making things far more interesting at retail.

With Yeezy Season starting later than expected but still very much in swing, it looks like Drizzy and JB have a surprise of their own with the retail release of the Air Jordan 10 OVO PE. Following a true quickstrike release at OVO pop-up shop in California back around Coachella, the packaging has been seen for the first time via photos from @thekid_dex.

The packaging reveals a colorway, White/Gold, and price, $ 225, and OVO detailing. What’s yet to be seen is the official release date and word if any of the other OVO PEs will also drop. For those keeping track at home, Drake has worn OVO PEs of the 3s, 10s and 12s at a rate of about two colorways a piece.

What makes this extra-cool is that the Air Jordan 10 has pretty much already had its retail run in 2015, so it’s not like this is a momentum move to build buzz for GRs. Maybe this will coincide with a Drake album or tour, maybe it’s just completely to release a cool shoe.

Sites such as Sneaker News and Modern Notoriety have confirmed this release as official, both anticipating a Fall/Winter 2015 drop. That makes sense with the Holiday season, and will hopefully spread out the lines with all the heat scheduled so that everyone can take home at least one release they really want.

Until then, peep a preview of the packaging in the photo above and keep it locked to Nice Kicks for more details. To see official pictures of the “OVO” Air Jordan 10s, click here.

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drakes-diary: Drake’s No.3 Haberdasher Street Factory…

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Drake’s No.3 Haberdasher Street Factory Shop

Mannequin sporting our Double Breasted Navy Polo Coat, Large Stripe Egyptian Cotton Shirt and 30oz Spun and Net Paisley Motif Tie.

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A Closer Look at Drake’s Air Jordan 3 “Mark Smith” PE

This summer, jaws dropped and necks broke for a plethora of reasons when Nicki Minaj dropped her “Anaconda” music video. One cause for strong reactions was the surprise look at Drake’s Air Jordan 3 “Mark Smith” PE. As Mark Smith told Complex, the shoe’s upper showcases elephant print via lenticular film, a material we’ll supposedly start seeing a lot more on sneakers. Get a better look at this Air Jordan 3 Drake PE in the photo below from Barney Wang. Let us know in the comment section if you’d cop this colorway if released.

RELATED: A History of Drake’s Air Jordan PEs

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