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DJ Green Lantern
Birth name James D'Agostino
Also known as The Evil Genius, DJ James 1
Origin Rochester, New York, U.S.
Genres Hip Hop, R&B
Occupations DJ/Producer/On-Air Personality/Rapper/Singer
Instruments Sampler, Keyboards, Turntable
Labels Shady Records (2004–2005)
Def Jam Recordings (2005–2007)
Russell Simmons Music Group (2005–2007)
Future Green Entertainment/Invasion Music Group(2007–Present)
Associated acts Former:
Eminem
50 Cent
Current:
The Lox
Papoose
Busta Rhymes
Fort Minor
Immortal Technique
Davidina
Rachael
Nas
Royce Da 5'9"
Styles of Beyond
Uncle Murda
Dead Prez
Website djgreenlanterntv
Notable instruments
The 1's and 2's

James D'Agostino, better known as DJ Green Lantern,[1] is an American DJ and hip hop musician. He was born in Rochester, New York[1] and he is of Italian descent. In 2002, D'Agostino was signed by Eminem to become the official DJ for Shady Records after DJ Head stepped down for undisclosed reasons.[1] D'Agostino left the label in 2005 due to a dispute with Shady Records rapper 50 Cent.

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Biography

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Rise to fame

D'Agostino then came to prominence with his "Invasion" mixtape series, the first set of officially sponsored mixtapes from Eminem's Shady Records. On the series, spanning three mixtapes (later to be spun off into the Armageddon series), the DJ broke several diss records, furthering the issues between Eminem and Benzino/The Source as well as the entire Shady camp and Ja Rule/Murder Inc.

He is also recognized as a producer, featuring on his own mixtapes several "Green Remixes," including, most notably, a remix of the Nas and Tupac Shakur's collaboration "Thugz Mansion." He also produced D-Block's "2 Guns Up", an acclaimed street single, which originated as a freestyle rap on his Hot 97 radio show, "In the Lab" (the most memorable of which has also appeared as a mixtape, "The Best of In the Lab"). "In the Lab" is formatted as a one-hour (with commercials) mix show, in which DJ Green Lantern blends a cappella and instrumental tracks from various artists, as well as breaking new and underground music (such as the Ghostface Killah and El-Producto collaboration "HideYaFace").

"Bin Laden"

D'Agostino also produced Ludacris' "Number One Spot," the second single off of his album The Red Light District, and Immortal Technique's "Bin Laden" single, which blames the Reagan Doctrine (under which the U.S. aided the mujahideen in Afghanistan) and U.S. President George W. Bush for the September 11, 2001 attacks.

With the Shady Records family

As a member of the Shady Records family, D'Agostino also hosted a show on Eminem's Sirius Satellite Radio channel, Shade 45, along with an accompanying mixtape released in the fall of 2004. As Eminem's DJ, D'Agostino was responsible for touring with him and spinning at shows such as the Shady National Convention and The Game's album release party. D'Agostino's much anticipated album Armageddon was set to be released under Shady Records, but controversy and an eventual parting would put the release in limbo.

Hip-Hop Nation

In summer 2007, D'Agostino returned to Sirius Satellite Radio on the Hip-Hop Nation channel. He hosts a show called The Invasion.

Bar Exam 2

D'Agostino recently put together and mixed the highly anticipated Bar Exam 2 mixtape by acclaimed underground MC Royce Da 5'9". Green took over for DJ Premier and Statik Selektah who hosted and mixed Royce's first Bar Exam Mixtape. The Bar Exam 2 has been pushed back several times because of Green Lantern's inability to mix the tape due to his touring. After several stated released dates, Bar Exam 2 was finally released on September 15th as a free download on HipHipDX.com. Due to the high anticipation of the mixtape, Royce gave the mixtape the slogan "Happy Bar Exam 2, It's a Holiday" prior to its release.

Pulse of the People

D'Agostino collaborated with Dead Prez on their latest album, Pulse of the People: Turn Off The Radio, Vol. 3, released in June of 2009[2]

Discography

Most recent to earliest (possibly some earlier mixtapes; these are rare and lesser known)

  • DJ Green Lantern, Russell Simmons & Barack Obama: Yes We Can (The Mixtape)
  • Grafh and DJ Green Lantern: The Oracle 2
  • Royce Da 5'9" and DJ Green Lantern: Bar Exam 2
  • 07-07-08 (with Cassidy and Team Invasion)
  • Dj Green Lantern and Immortal Technique: The 3rd World
  • Charles Hamilton & DJ Green Lantern: Outside Looking
  • Nas & DJ Green Lantern: The Nigger Mixtape
  • Monster Mash Part 2
  • Grow Season (with Wiz Khalifa)
  • 07-07-07 (with Cassidy and DJ Thoro)
  • The MySpace Invasion Vol. 3
  • Cocaine on Steroids (with N.O.R.E.)
  • The MySpace Invasion Vol. 2
  • Respect The Shooter (with Uncle Murda)
  • Monster Mash
  • The Sirius Invasion
  • The MySpace Invasion
  • MySpace Takeover (with Team Invasion)
  • Pre-Release Therapy (with Ludacris)
  • Say Uncle (with Uncle Murda)
  • AND 1 Streetball - The Official Video Game Mixtape
  • Best of DJ Green Lantern and The Diplomats (with Team Invasion)
  • In The Kitchen (with DJ Khaled and Team Invasion)
  • On My New York Shit (with DJ Kay Slay)
  • This Ain't No Greezy Talk (with Team Invasion)
  • Alive On Arrival: Instrumental Edition (Presented by Team invasion)
  • Alive On Arrival
  • The Internet Invasion (with Ghostface Killah)
  • We Major (with Fort Minor)
  • Razor Tag (with Styles of Beyond)
  • Ain't No Greezy Talk: Team Invasion Edition (with DVD / with Team Invasion)
  • The Green Lantern Instrumentals (Hosted by Team Invasion)
  • Team Invasion Presents: Keyshia Cole
  • The Best of Green Lantern and D-Block (Hosted by Team Invasion)
  • The Best of Green Lantern and Shady Records (Hosted by Team Invasion)
  • 5 Star General
  • Shade 45: Sirius Bizness (Hosted by Eminem)
  • Public Enemy Number One (with Beanie Sigel)
  • New York State of Mind (with Beastie Boys)
  • The Oracle (with Grafh)
  • The Champ Is Here (with Jadakiss/ Hosted by Big Mike)
  • Countdown To Armageddon 2: Back To The Lab (hosted by Dame Dash)
  • The Invasion Part 3: Countdown To Armageddon
  • The Best Of In Da Lab Vol. 1
  • Rap Phenomenon II: 2Pac (with Dirty Harry and DJ Vlad)
  • Conspiracy Theory: Invasion Part II
  • Invasion Part 1
  • Throwback Classics Vol. 1
  • Get in Where U Fit in (with the Young Gunz)
  • New World Order Pt.2
  • New World Order
  • The Chosen One
  • Takin' it to The Streets
  • Just Us and The Gunz
  • In Too Deep
  • Rookie of the Year
  • Coming of Age
  • Millennium All-Stars (with DJs Tony Touch, Mister Cee, Ron G, Funkmaster Flex, Doo Wop, DJ Enuff, Spinbad, and DJ Dale)
  • The Green Ghost Project (with Styles P)

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