Over the last 5 years the landscape of Canadian hip-hop has changed drastically. With more artists crossing borders then ever before, new generations of internationally known entertainers are emerging from the country. A stable name and force in the culture for several years, JD Era is proving with each new release that he’s next up. Over the years Era has performed alongside artists like Nas, Gza, Kardinal Offishall, Tyga, Drake, Method Man, Red Man, Raekwon, Ryan Leslie, Ghostface Killah, Rick Ross, Busta Rhymes, Gucci Mane, The Clipse, Mac Miller, Terminology, Currensy and Freddie Gibbs to name a few. With 5 solid mix tapes that received acclaim, Era has charted on Much Music and other notable music countdowns with his always-stunning visuals. In2011, Era secured the theme song spot on The Score networks Court Surfing, an NBAprogram broadcast across Canada as well as the Footlocker Nike commercial “ComebackSeason” ft. NHL Hockey Player PK Subban & NBA Player Tristan Thompson.
2012 and 2013 would become landmark years in Era’s career, after catching the attention of Wu-Tang legend Raekwon, he was signed to the Chef’s newly formed indie imprint Ice H20 Records. This coincided with an American tour, and a formal introduction of the Toronto underground vet to the American urban industry and the presence and change in the Canadian industry was immediately felt. Era’s latest project “No Hand Out’s” featured cuts with Raekwon, Mac Miller, and production from 9th Wonder and Lex Luger among others.
All of Era’s releases for the project began hitting major American media and blogs from the jump, the whole industry was taking notice and starting to put a face to the name. With features on XXLMag.com, TheSource, XclusivesZone, 2DopeBoyz, RapRadar and more of the industry’s top taste making sites, the buzz for Era and his movement began to grow. While slowing building his name south of the border, his career in Canada was sky rocketing. With video’s hitting Canada’s national video station Much Music, and constant performances; the deluxe iTunes version of the “No Handouts” was nominated for the 2013 Juno Awards for Best Rap Recording.
While Era had been supported for years by many of Canada’s leading urban media outlets, the music industry as a whole was now seeing him develop before their eyes. Becoming a playlist regular at Canada’s top urban radio station Flow 93.5 FM in Toronto, Era built a solid and supportive fan base. Multiple cuts from “No Handouts” would wind up hitting airwaves internationally as well; Era was coming into his own. After multiple appearances with Wu-Tang Clan’s Raekwon, Era also put in some work on the Chef’s latest project “Unexpected Victory” with 5 features and 2 lead videos for tracks “Just A Toast” & “Soldier Story”. “Unexpected Victory” gained Era a tour with Raekwon. They completed a 13-date Canadian tour across Canada and wrapped up a 40-date U.S Tour which lead up to the official release of “No Handouts” released April 16th 2012 and aptly referred to as 416.
Currently recording his follow up project to “No Handouts” and constantly working and traveling, JD Era is gearing up to start dropping new releases this summer in preparation for the official “JD Era No Handouts” Canadian Tour. With some major features and
singles in the works, the new project promises to raise the bar even further for the Toronto MC’s career and take him to new heights. Catch JD Era in your city bringing his Juno nominated project on the road across Canada this summer!
We are currently booking a 13 City “No Hand Out’s” Tour across major and surrounding Canadian cities. Honing his skills as a crowd rocker on over 50 dates last year, Era is a known entertainer and gives his all every time he touches the stage.
Check out some live footage of JD Era on the road here: