JD Era and Rich Kidd: The 5 STAR GLOW Tour kicks off on Feb. 22 [News]
Toronto, ON – Our friends over at IceBurgh Society Entertainment and KT Diamond Promotions just announced four Ontario dates for the upcoming 5 STAR GLOW Tour with headliners JD Era (of Raekwon’s Ice H20 Records) and Rich Kidd. Opening tour support will be provided by Blaq Roche and M.O. Littles (of Sudbury, ON).
Rich Kidd and JD Era are two of our favourite dudes right now. So having them co-headline a tour together is pretty much the best thing ever. The show will begin with all the best up and coming local artist in each respective city – because this tour is all about creating national buzz about our hip-hop community. It’s about showing love to the unsigned up-and-comers, and letting fans pay respect to the more experienced artists of higher stature. And if that wasn’t enough, the shows will all be done under black lighting. Apparently, this is done, “so that artists and fans alike can shine like the stars they are.” This is so cheesy. But potentially the best justification of black light usage I have ever come across. Also, you should wear white. Because it looks gnarly under black lighting. Either way, you don’t want to miss this.
About JD Era
“With over 6 years in the game you may think you know about JD ERA already, but guess again. Sure ERA has been a staple artist in Toronto, receiving multiple acclamations and notable plays on radio. He has collaborated with some of today’s most popular artists and like Nas, Gza, Kardinal Offishall, Tyga, Drake, Method Man, Red Man, Raekwon, Rick Ross, Busta Rhymes, Gucci Mane, The Clipse, Mac Miller, Terminology, Currensy and Freddie Gibbs to name a few. He was nominated for two DJ Stylus Awards and took home the hardware for Best Rap at the Toronto Independent Music Awards. His freestyle prowess was highlighted when he was crowned the winner of the TAG Records’ Survival of The Freshest competition, solidifying his freestyle champion designation. In addition, his late summer street release, “Coming to America,” was nominated as Best Mixtape for Flow 93.5’s Real Frequency Award. With 5 solid mix tapes albums under his belt, ERA latest mixtape release entitled “Th1rt3en” and is now available on iTunes.
“For the 2011 and 2012 NBA seasons JD ERA’s talent secured him the theme song spot on The Score network’s “Court Surfing” NBA program broadcast across Canada, while videos releases for “You Know This”, “Fame & Fortune” off the Th1rte3n mixtape charted on Much Music and other notable music countdowns.
“To get even closer to his dream July 1st 2011 all of the attention finally paid off when Era caught the interest of a certain Killer Bee, Raekwon “The Chef” who launched his label ICE H20 Canada presence in Toronto, Era announced that he would be joining Raekwon from Wu-Tang Clan to build his Ice H2O Records imprint. They’ve completed a 13 date Canadian tour across Canada and a 40 date U.S Tour. All of this is leading up to Era’s next release “No Handouts” which is expected to be released April 16th 2012, aptly referred to as 416. Appearances on this project will include the likes of Grammy Award Winning producer 9th Wonder, BET Producer of the year Lex Luger. Judging from the string of singles that have been released, ERA fans have proclaimed the highly anticipated “No Hand Outs” project to be a XXL freshmen classic.”
About Rich Kidd
“Whether you call him a producer, rapper, song-writer or director, Rich Kidd is a musical genius. This critically acclaimed Toronto native has produced music for everyone from Drake to Busta Rhymes to Nelly Furtado and has released one of Canada’s farthest reaching mixtape series, We On Some Rich Kidd Shit 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5.
“Rich Kidd arrived in 2009 as a prodigal producer when the iconic Busta Rhymes used his production for a mixtape cut featuring M.O.P.’s Billy Daze called “Indescribable.” In that same year, K-os released one of his most successful hits, “I Wish I Knew Natalie Portman” (featuring Saukrates and Nelly Furtado) over a Rich Kidd production sampling Phantom Planet’s “California.” The following year, the music video for the song was nominated for Best Hip Hop Video at the 2010 MMVAs.
“Rich Kidd has been nominated for several awards including 2010 Stylus Producer of the Year and five additional nominations at the 2011 Stylus Awards where he won the Mixtape of the Year award. In the same year, Rich Kidd made his directing debut with “Trespassing,” a semi-biographical short film which was included at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival.
After several successful tours in Canada and Australia, Rich Kidd has defined himself as a major talent and multi-skilled musical visionary.”
About Blaq Roche
Blaq Roche is a 705 area based Hip Hop duo that began in 2012. Before the group had come together, group members CheZZa and Ronin grew up as brothers in Sudbury Ontario.
In 2001, CheZZa started dabbling in music with his older brother while going to school in the US, at the University of Hartford. As CheZZa proceeded on his musical path, Ronin began his career in Sudbury around the same time. From 2001 to 2009 CheZZa and Ronin worked separately on their solo endeavours creating a small following of fans online. In 2009, CheZZa and Ronin began to search for performances within Ontario, therefore instead of looking for 2 different sets, they found it easier to combine their sets, therefore starting their first chance of blending styles. For three years they continued to do shows together until they decided it was time that they form a group and create music together, which they chose to do under the name Blaq Roche.
Within the past years they have worked, performed and/or opened for Dead Celebrity Status, Bishop Brigante, D-12, Classfied, Gee Wunder, Peter Jackson, Karl Wolf, Onyx, D-Sisive, Choclair, Machine Gun Kelly, with more to come.
About M.O. Littles
Fresh off No Matter What tour with Machine Gun Kelly, promoting his EP of the same name “No Matter What”, M.O. is back in the studio prepping his latest effort, all the while maintaining his annual Canadian Summer touring schedule.
A true do-it-yourself artist, and never one to shy away from adversary, M.O. learned early on the value of hard work as he earned his Audio Engineering Degree by day and perfected his craft by night. His invitation to perform at the R&B Hip Hop Billboard Conference Awards in Atlanta, Canadian Music Week in Toronto, his hit weekly hip hop residency Chuurch in Montreal and his multiple cross Canada Tours with acts such as Blackstar, Statik Selektah & Termanology, The Beatnuts and Swollen Members have made his presence felt and shown that he is not going away.