DJ Green Lantern -

DJ Green Lantern

DJ Green Lantern
DJ Green Lantern in 2010
Background information
Birth nameJames D'Agostino
BornJuly 7, 1975 (age 44)
OriginRochester, New York, United States
GenresHip hop
Occupation(s)Disc Jockey, record producer, radio personality
InstrumentsSampler, keyboards, turntable
Associated acts

James D'Agostino (born July 7, 1975), professionally known as DJ Green Lantern, is an American hip hop disc Jockey (DJ) and music producer from Rochester, New York. In 2002, D'Agostino was signed by American rapper Eminem, to become the official DJ for Shady Records, after DJ Head stepped down for undisclosed reasons.[1]



Rise to fame

DJ Green Lantern came to prominence in the late 1990s–early 2000s with his signature brand of mixtapes..The creativity of these tapes caught the ear of many industry power players, one of which was Eminem. 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 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 from his album The Red Light District, and Immortal Technique's "Bin Laden" single, which blames the Reagan Doctrine 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 Detroit 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 was 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 15 as a free download on 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 2009[2]


Together with Mister Cee he is featured as host of the hip-hop radio station "The Beat 102.7" in the video game Grand Theft Auto IV. The station is essentially a parody of Hot 97.[3] Instead of using existing songs, Green Lantern produced the songs exclusively for "The Beat 102.7".[4]



Other releases

Singles produced

List of singles produced, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name [9]
Title Year Peak chart positions [10] Certifications Album
US US R&B US Rap US Bubbling
"Number One Spot"
2005 19 21 6 30 The Red Light District
"In the Ghetto"
(Busta Rhymes featuring Rick James)
2006 50 The Big Bang


  1. ^ "Lighting the way: DJ Green Lantern rocked the Roc before landing with Eminem" . Rochester City Newspaper. 2003-12-23. Retrieved 2007-12-10.
  2. ^ – Official Website Archived 2009-07-23 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Stephen Totilo (May 2, 2008). "'Grand Theft Auto IV' Music Man Explains How Those 214 Songs Made The Soundtrack" . MTV. Retrieved March 1, 2014.
  4. ^ Antony Bruno (April 26, 2008). "Crime pays for music biz with new Grand Theft Auto" . Reuters. Retrieved March 1, 2014.
  5. ^ "Mitchelle'l - IRENE - DJ Green Lantern" . Retrieved 27 December 2018.
  6. ^ "Inherited Beef Vol.1 Mixtape by Ronald Hosted by Dj Green Latern" . Retrieved 27 December 2018.
  7. ^ [1][dead link]
  8. ^ "beng803" . 16 December 2013. Archived from the original on 16 December 2013. Retrieved 27 December 2018.
  9. ^ "Cardo - Credits" . AllMusic. Retrieved 27 December 2018.
  10. ^ "Billboard - Music Charts, News, Photos & Video" . Billboard. Retrieved 27 December 2018.

External links

Categories: AND1 | Living people | American hip hop musicians | American hip hop DJs | Mixtape DJs | Musicians from Rochester, New York | 1975 births | American people of Puerto Rican descent | American people of Italian descent

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