Phyno

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Phyno
Phyno performing in December 2014
Phyno performing in December 2014
Background information
Birth nameChibuzor Nelson Azubuike[1]
Born (1986-10-09) 9 October 1986 (age 33)
Enugu State, Nigeria[2]
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • Actor
  • record producer
Years active2003–present
LabelsSputnet, Penthauze
Associated acts

Chibuzor Nelson Azubuike (born 9 October 1986), better known as Phyno, is a Nigerian rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer.[3][4] He started his music career as a producer in 2003, and is renowned for rapping in the Igbo language. His debut studio album No Guts No Glory was released in 2014. It was supported by four singles: "Ghost Mode", "Man of the Year", "Parcel" and "O Set".[5] Phyno has worked with artists such as Timaya, Flavour, Ruggedman, Bracket, J. Martins and Mr Raw.[6]

Life and music career[edit]

Although a native of Anambra State, Chibuzor Nelson Azubuike was born and raised in Enugu State. His stage name, given to him by one of his high school friends, was derived from the word phenomenal. Phyno developed an interest for music production during his secondary school days. He initially wanted to become a pilot, but was told he could be a doctor. Throughout secondary school, he learned to play the drums and piano. He also learned to create his own rendition of every recording he heard. He studied public administration at the Institute of Management and Technology in Enugu, and started profiting from music during his second year there. Phyno told Ifeoma Onoye that Mr Raw is one of the few people he looks up to.[7][8] Phyno started rapping in 2010 and relocated to Lagos to further his music career.[6]

Phyno began recording his debut studio album No Guts No Glory in 2012.[2] The album features guest appearances from Stormrex, Omawumi, Olamide, Efa, P-Square, Timaya, Flavour N'abania, Mr. Raw, MI, Ice Prince and Runtown. It was primarily recorded in Igbo and Nigerian Pidgin. On 25 September 2012, he released the Olamide-assisted "Ghost Mode" as the album's lead single.[9] It won Best Collabo at both the 2012 The Headies Awards and 2013 Nigeria Entertainment Awards.[citation needed] The music video for "Ghost Mode" was released on 7 December 2012. It was shot and directed in Lagos by Clarence Peters.[10] Sputnet Records released the album's second single "Man of the Year (Obago)" on 23 March 2013.[11] The song won Best Rap Single at the 2012 The Headies Awards.[citation needed] The music video for "Man of the Year (Obago)" was uploaded onto YouTube on 20 August 2013. It was also shot and directed by Clarence Peters in Abakpa Nike, and features a cameo appearance from Illbliss. In September 2013, the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation banned the music video from being broadcast.[12]

The album's third single "Parcel" was released on 11 October 2013. It was originally titled "Parcel (a BIG Nwa)". The music video for "Parcel" was shot by Clarence Peters and released on 19 February 2014. "O Set" was released as the album's fourth single on 4 March 2014. The song was produced by WizzyPro and features vocals from P-Square.[13] The music video for the song was directed by Jude Engees Okoye.[14] On 22 May 2014, Phyno released the music video for "Alobam", which was directed by Clarence Peters. Produced by Major Bangz, the song is an Igbo slang for "My Guy".[15] On 2 September 2014, Phyno released the video for his "Authe (Authentic)" song with Flavour.[16] On 7 October 2014, he released the Major Bangz-produced "Yayo".[17] It debuted at number 8 on the Pulse Music Video charts.[18] The Clarence Peters-directed music video for the song premiered on 5 January 2015.[19] Opeoluwani Akintayo of The Daily Times of Nigeria gave the video an overall rating of 8 out stars of 10, commending its use of props.[20]

Phyno's collaborative album with Olamide, titled 2 Kings, was released on 1 April 2015. Both rappers went on social media to announce plans for the album's release.[21]

In June 2013, Phyno performed for 25 minutes in Owerri as part of the Star Music Trek tour.[22] He toured with D'banj, Burna Boy, Chidinma, Vector, Pucado, Seyi Shay, Show Dem Camp, Kay Switch and Sean Tizzle as a supporting act on the 2013 Hennessy Artistry Club Tour.[23] He performed at the 2014 edition of the Star Music Trek tour in Nsukka, Enugu State.[24][25]

In November 2015, Phyno started a Festival titled Phynofest and picked the Chuba Ikpeazu stadium in Onitsha, Anambra State with an attendance of 12,000 people . The following year Phyno moved the venue of Phynofest to Nnamdi Azikwe Stadium Enugu in essence taking his festival back to the city he started his music career with an attendance of over 30,000 people featuring a star studded line up P-Square, Onyeka Owenu, Olamide, Mr Eazi, Lil Kesh, M.I, Burnaboy, Kcee, Zoro and Patoranking.

Novemember 2017 Phyno brought Phynofest back and put together the biggest concert in Africa by an Artiste at the Nnamdi Azikwe Stadium Enugu with an attendance of over 50,000 people . He had a mouth watering line up of star acts D'banj, Yemi Alade, Timaya, Runtown, Zoro, Ycee, Flavour, Lil Kesh, Mayorkun and Duncan Mighty.

In March 2019, Phyno announced plans for the release of his third studio album Deal With It. It has been supported by two singles: "Agu" and "The Bag". The album features guest appearances from Olamide, Falz, Davido, Don Jazzy, Zoro, Runtown and Teni.[26]

Artistry[edit]

He told the Nigerian Tribune he raps in Igbo because he respects his culture and loves being himself. Although he primarily raps in Igbo, he incorporates a bit of Nigerian Pidgin and English into his music. Phyno believes the elements of music makes it borderless.[27]

Personal life[edit]

In a 2014 interview with The Punch newspaper, Phyno denied reports about impregnating a woman named Rita Edmond.[6]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums

Collaborative albums

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Film Role Notes
2018 Lionheart as Obiora Movie

Awards and nominations[edit]

Phyno awards and nominations
Totals[a]
Wins5
Nominations28
Note
  1. ^ Certain award groups do not simply award one winner. They recognize several different recipients, have runners-up and have third place. Since this is a specific recognition and is different from losing an award, runner-up mentions are considered wins in this award tally. For simplification and to avoid errors, each award in this list has been presumed to have had a prior nomination.

MTV Africa Music Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result Ref
2015 Himself Best Hip-hop Nominated [28]

Channel O Music Video Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result Ref
2014 "Alobam" Most Gifted Hip-hop Nominated [29]

City People Entertainment Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result Ref
2014 Himself Rap Artiste of the Year Won [30]
No Guts No Glory Rap Album of the Year Nominated
2013 "Ghost Mode"
(featuring Olamide)
Best Collabo of the Year Nominated [31]
Himself Best Rap Artiste of the Year Nominated

Nigeria Entertainment Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result Ref
2014 Himself Best Rap Act of the Year Nominated [32]
2013 Best Rap Act of the Year Nominated [33]
"Ghost Mode"
(featuring Olamide)
Best Collabo Won [34]

African Muzik Magazine Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result Ref
2013 Himself Best Newcomer Nominated [35]
Best Rap Act Nominated

Nigeria Music Video Awards (NMVA)

Year Nominee / work Award Result Ref
2013 "Man of the Year" Best Afro Hip Hop Video Nominated [36]

The Headies

Year Nominee / work Award Result Ref
2014 Himself Artiste of the Year Nominated [37]
Phyno for "Alobam" Best Street-Hop Artiste Nominated
No Guts No Glory Best Rap Album Nominated
Album of the Year Nominated
"Parcel" Best Rap Single Won
"Dope Money"
(Olamide featuring Phyno)
Nominated
2013 Himself Next Rated Nominated [38]
Lyricist on the Roll Nominated
"Ghost Mode"
(featuring Olamide)
Best Collabo Won [39]
"Ezioku"
(Lynxxx featuring Ikechukwu, Illbliss, and Phyno)
Nominated [38]
"Man of the Year" Best Rap Single Won [39]
"Anam Achi Kwanu"
(Illbliss featuring Phyno)
Nominated [38]
"Ghost Mode"
(featuring Olamide)
Nominated
2012 "Shutdown" Best Rap Single Nominated [40]
Phyno (for "Shutdown") Lyricist on the Roll Nominated

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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