How Much Do You Know Phyno?
Unification is constantly a message preached on this side of the divide and what better way to deliver this message than the coming together of two musical forces to form one. ‘Ghost Mode’ was not just a critically acclaimed single, it was a hit and it set the tone for what was to become a paradigm shift in the Nigerian hip hop culture.
The name Azubuike Chibuzo may not strike but the name Phyno surely rings a bell. With a stage name derived from the word phenomenal, Phyno is a Nigerian rapper and record producer who is renowned for rapping in the Igbo language. With his musical skills honed while in secondary school, Phyno started recording his debut studio album, No Guts No Glory, in 2012. The album features guest appearances from Omawumi, Olamide, P-Square, Timaya, Flavour N’abania, Mr. Raw, M.I, Ice Prince, Runtown and others.With the album primarily recorded in Igbo and Nigerian Pidgin, Phyno admitted that rapping in his native language is his strong suit.
The album’s second single, “Man of the Year (Obago)” was relesed on 23rd of March 2013.The song, which was produced by Phyno won the Best Rap Single category at the 2012 The Headies Awards. The music video for “Man of the Year (Obago)” was shot and directed by Clarence Peters in Abakpa Nike, and features a cameo appearance from Illbliss. On September 2013, the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation banned the music video from being broadcast.
Reeling from his continuous buzz, Phyno dropped “Parcel” as the third single off the album and was released on 11 October 2013. The song was originally titled “Parcel (a BIG Nwa)” with the visual being released on 19 February 2014 and shot by Clarence Peters. On 4 March 2014, “O Set” was announced as the album’s fourth single. The song was produced by WizzyPro and features P-Square. The music video for the song was directed by Jude Engees Okoye.
What eventually became an anthem of some sort was released on 22 May 2014, “Alobam” The song, which is an Igbo slang for “My Guy”, was produced by Major Bangz. In the video, Phyno paid tribute to some of his peers including Ice Prince, Flavour, P-Square, Olamide and J Martins.
With his status in the nigerian music scene already cemented, Phyno’s collobrative album with Olamide, titled 2 Kings, was released on 1 April 2015 to a wide acceptance by music lovers.
Phyno who raps mostly in Igbo believes that the elements of music makes it borderless. On the 2nd of November, Phyno dropped his third studio album titled The Playmaker. The album has as its lead singles Fada Fada featuring longtime friend and fellow collaborator Olamide and also E sure for me with the videos being shot and directed in Lagos by Clarence Peters.
With hits after hits and a core followership, the sky is definitely the starting point for the Enugu state born Nigerian entertainer who towards the end of the year 2016 drop the visual for another hit single off the playmaker album titled ‘Abulo’.
Phyno has subsequently dropped many videos off the Playmaker album in 2017 which he wrapped the year up with a massive sold out stadium concert in his home state in December 2017. With no new project yet in 2018, we can only watch and anticipate what is left in his reservoir of music chest.