Stream: DJ Rhude & Daydog Release ‘NAZ: The Flyest Essence’ Mixtape


The sounds of hip-hop’s golden age in New York City have been revived. Thanks to DJ Rhude and VIBE Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Datwon Thomas, affectionately known as Daydog, rap heads can zone out to their latest mixtape NAZ: The Flyest Essence.

The venture features remixes from two of The Firm’s cohorts, Nas and AZ, and boasts production credits from legendary beat-makers including Pete Rock, Salaam Remi, Large Professor, The Alchemist and more.

On the genesis of the mixtape, DJ Rhude stated, “Nas and AZ’s chemistry in the booth is undeniable as evidenced by their body of work over the years. Despite said chemistry, the two artists have never collaborated on a full length album despite the fans pleas for it,” he said. “While it probably may never happen, Datwon (Vibe EIC) and I brainstormed about putting together a mixtape as a way of imagining how an album between the two could sound. As a result Naz: The Flyest Essence was born.”

Stream the nostalgic project and relive classic rap moments.