X Radio and FM2 Help "Evil Genius" DJ Green Lantern Bring Mixtape Phenomenon to a Radio Near You

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Programmers and Listeners Given Opportunity to Tune Into Free Special Edition Broadcast

Once available only to New York audiences and street savvy kids, the “other” music industry, that of the mixtape scene, has been in the media a lot lately--the tapes themselves often gain more notoriety than major label releases--and has launched the careers of many of today’s hottest artists including 50 Cent, The Lox, Game, Fabolous, the Diplomats and Jadakiss. It has also brought about a metamorphosis of the role of DJs in hip-hop, many of whom have parlayed their mixtape successes into successful business ventures, like TV shows, jewelry, clothing lines, DVDs, record deals and radio shows, some notables being DJ Clue, Funkmaster Flex, DJ Whoo Kid and of course Shady/Aftermath’s own, DJ Green Lantern.

Enter “Mix-Tape Radio”, the new, 3-hour weekly radio show announced today by New York-based syndicator X Radio and producer FM2, in which Green will have the opportunity to showcase all of his phenomenal skills as well as his amazing rolodex of artists in a way not previously available to listeners nationwide.

Green Lantern’s career trajectory has ascended rapidly since his first foray into hip-hop back in ’90 as a party DJ. Though he always knew he was destined to produce, it was rocking parties that paid the bills for the Rochester, NY native and he made quite a name for himself doing it. Green dropped the first of many mixtapes in ’95 and he soon not only had the attention of the streets, but was regularly tapped by companies such as Shady LTD., Heineken, Roc-a-Fella, Def Jam, Loud, Cornerstone Promotions and Dr. Pepper for his evil creations. Most recently, Green designed his own limited edition signature 50/59 fitted baseball cap for New Era.

Green’s mixtape career has certainly not been short on awards and rewards over the past five years, having won multiple Justo Mixtape Awards, XXL’s Mixtape of the Year two years running and the opportunity to join the Shady Aftermath family, both as Eminem’s DJ in 2002 and then as an artist in his own right on Shady/Interscope Records in 2003, with his album “Armageddon” scheduled to drop early in 2005. “Armageddon” is built around Green’s unique talent behind the boards and will include features by Em and the Shady fam, 50 Cent and G Unit, label newcomers Busta Rhymes and Stat Quo as well as Fat Joe, Wyclef, Ghostface, T.I. the late ODB and many more. Mixtapes like “Tupac: Rap Phenomenon” and both the “Invasion” and “Countdown to Armageddon” series have kept Green’s name hot in the streets and his production skills sought by hip-hop’s elite. It is, in fact, Green Lantern’s production skills, combined with his access to the exclusives that are the envy of his peers, which set him apart from the pack and brought him to the attention of programming providers X Radio and syndication and program producers FM2.

DJ Green Lantern is no stranger to radio. His already successful show “In Da Lab” can be heard every Tuesday night on NY’s premier station Hot 97 from midnight to 2AM. He is also the official DJ on Eminem’s newly launched Shade 45 on Sirius Radio.

When asked about his feelings on making the jump to coast-to-coast terrestrial radio, Green just smiled. “Hey, this is all part of the evil plan. It’s a national invasion on the FM dial. Ya can’t stop it! Look for me doing my thing across the country. You know what that means ~ world premieres of my exclusive mixes and appearances from all of my Shady Records fam….holding me down!”

“DJ Green Lantern represents the pulse of hip-hop’s next big trends and sounds“says FM2’s CEO Rick Martin. “Mixtapes have become the measuring stick of artist street credibility and Green is at the forefront of how hip-hop music is promoted and marketed to the urban consumer today.”

X Radio President Kirk Stirland had this to say about his newest venture: “’Mix-Tape Radio’ takes a huge street phenomenon right onto the radio using DJ Green Lantern. The guy is an original artist and radio gets to hitch a ride on the buzz he is generating. If you add to that his connection with Eminem and access to those artists the streets are hungry for, you have all the ingredients for a hit show.”

Those anxious to hear “Mix-Tape Radio” for themselves can do so the weekend of January 7-9, 2005 with the airing of a Special Edition which will be free of any network commercials. “We want to kick off ‘Mix-Tape Radio’ in a big way, on the first full weekend of the Winter Book,” comments Kirk Stirland. “This show will be a real tune-in event, with Eminem and many other celebrities helping Green Lantern launch his first nationally syndicated show. We want programmers and listeners alike to hear it first hand.”

Full syndication of “Mix-Tape Radio” will begin the week of January 31st, 2005.

Reservations for the free debut Special Edition of “Mix-Tape Radio” and information about the weekly syndicated version is available from:

Terry Foxx,

Director of Urban Programming

X Radio

310.442.5531

tfoxx@xradionetworks.com .

Publicity Contact:

Nancy Byron

“It” Girl PR

310.577.1122

Nancy@ItGirlPublicRelations.com

About X Radio

X Radio Networks produces and syndicates more than 25 music programs and prep services in a variety of formats to more than 2,500 radio stations nationwide. Programs and prep services include The Countdown with Walt “Baby” Love and Walt “Baby” Love’s Gospel Traxx, The Ross Brittain Report, Russell Simmons’ Hip Hop Laws of Success, and Country Kickers prep service.

Excelsior Radio Networks owns and operates X Radio Networks and MJI Interactive, as well as Dial Communications-Global Media.

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