Phyno is no new name in the Nigerian entertainment industry. The Nigerian rapper has wowed many with his amazing songs such as Fada Fada, So Far So Good, Connect, and many others. Here is Phyno’s story.
Chibuzor Nelson Azubuike, popularly known as Phyno, is a Nigerian indigenous rapper. The man is also a singer, songwriter, and recording producer. The musician began his career in 2003, and today, he is one of the most influential rappers in Nigeria.
- Full name: Chibuzor Nelson Azubuike
- Date of birth: Oct. 9, 1986
- Birthplace: Enugu, Nigeria
- Occupation: Singer, songwriter, rapper, record producer
Background: Where is he from?
Phyno was born on 9th October 1986 as the fourth of five children. He is a native of Anambra State, but he was born and bred in Enugu, Nigeria.
For his education, the musician attended the Institute of Management and Technology in Enugu, Nigeria where he studied Public Administration.
He then moved to Lagos to promote his music career.
An interesting thing to note is that his stage name, Phyno, which is derived from the word 'phenomenal', was the nickname given to him by one of his high school friends named Emeka.
Phyno began playing drums and piano in his teenage years and initially was drawn more toward production.
He initially wanted to become a pilot but was told that he could be a doctor. Throughout high school, he learned to play the drums and piano. He also learned to create his own rendition of every recording he heard.
He started profiting from music during his second year at IMT. After relocating to Lagos in 2010 after school, he shifted focus to his career as a rapper using his nickname, Phyno.
Sessions for his debut album began in 2012, and over the next two years, he released a handful of singles, the most prominent of which was the Olamide-assisted "Ghost Mode." The song won the 2012 Headies Awards for Best Collaboration.
Ghost Mode was followed by another hit, Man of the Year (Obago). It was released on March 23, 2013, featuring Illbliss under the Sputnet Records. The song won the Best Rap Single award at Headies 2012 but was banned from broadcast by Nigerian Broadcasting Commission in September 2013.
Phyno then released his debut studio album No Guts, No Glory (under Sputnet Records and Penthauze Music label) in 2014, rapping primarily in Igbo and Nigerian Pidgin languages. The album featured artists like Runtown, Timaya, Flavour N'abania, and Omawumi.
No Guts, No Glory houses the following songs:
- Ghost Mode (2012)
- Man of the Year (2013)
- Parcel (2013)
- O’Set (2014)
The album was commended for its indigenous and lyrical depth.
A year later, Phyno and Olamide teamed up for a second collaboration, this time recording a full album called 2 Kings. The album was released on Cloud 9 and iTunes store by Penthauze Music and YBNL Nation.
2015 also saw the inaugural edition of Phynofest, a popular annual festival series that has continued to grow in size each year.
In 2016, Phyno released his sophomore LP, The Playmaker, under Penthauze Records, and it featured guests like 2baba and Burna Boy. This Phyno album, The Playmaker, was produced by Major Bangz, Tunex, Christ String, Kezyklef, Benjamz, MasterKraft, Del’B, and T-Spize.
The album singles include Pino Pino (2016), Fada Fada ft Olamide (2016), and E Sure For Me (2016).
Phyno new album
The Playmaker was followed in 2019 by Phyno’s third solo album, Deal With It. Deal With It houses Phyno latest music, such as:
- Deal With It
- Oso Ga Ene
- Ma Chi
- Gods Willing
- Get the Info
- Ride For You
- Speak Life (On God)
- I Got Ur Back
- Ka Anyi Na Ayo
- Ke Ife O
- Blessings, and more
Other Phyno songs include:
- Authentic ft Flavour
- Good Die Young
- Aju ft Olamide
- Nme Nme
- Paper Chaser ft Illbliss
- Shey You Know
- Multiply ft Mr Raw, Flavor and Timaya
- Carry me go ft Storm Rex
- For my city
- Real Niga
- God Be With Us
- Ladi ft Lil Kesh
- Nobody’s Fault
- Koba Koba
- Financial woman
- So Far So Good
- I’m a Fan ft Mr Easi & De Carlo
- Ochie Dike ft Onyeka
- Mkpotu ft Zoro & Tidinz
- No be my Style
- Ino Nma
- Yes I Pray (Nwa Ogenta)
- Zamo Zamo
- If to say
Phyno latest song
Phyno's latest song, titled Never, is a cool love song in a mix of English, Igbo, and Pidgin. The song was released on 5th October 2020.
Quotable lyrics from the song include:
The way I feel about u..
Nothing wey compare to you
Nwa malu nma chiem Obi o
Bia nso ka isuom onu
See Anything you say I do
Ina atokalm item two
U go put me for gbaharia
I no fit wait for you to be my tanana….
Phyno is the founder and CEO of Penthauze Music, a record label based in Nigeria. At first, he started his career with Sputnet Records and after some time, he began Penthauze. The label became active in 2008 and has gone on to sign several artists.
Phyno net worth
Austine Media reports that Phyno’s net worth is guesstimated at $10 million.
Phyno is one of the most influential rappers, not only in Nigeria, but also all over Africa. For more details about your favourite artists, keep reading legit.ng.
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