David Jenison of E! Online profiled the popularity of rappers putting their diss tracks on mix tapes, including Eminem and 50 Cent’s battle with Ja Rule. “Mixtapes are a great way to release tracks without record label interference,” says another Hot 97 spinner, DJ Green Lantern, who hosts Sunday night’s In the Lab and has been Eminem’s deejay since early last year. “Mixtapes are targeted directly at the streets, which is the main audience that most of these artists are seeking.”
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