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Phyno seemed to come on the scene with a bang, dishing a unique brand of Igbo hip hop and rap. His songs frequently feature as club bangers and everyone from those on the streets to well to do Nigerians relate resoundingly with his music.



Phyno, full name Azubuike Chibuzo Nelson, was born on October 9, 1986. He was born and raised in Enugu State. He initially had a passion to be a pilot, but grew up to study public administration at the Institute of Management and Technology in Enugu, and started profiting from music during his second year at IMT. He may have started profiting from music in his university days, but he went through an intense learning period in his secondary school days. He learned to play the drums and piano and also learnt to create his own rendition of every recording he heard.

He started his musical career as a producer in 2003 and began rapping in 2010 after which he relocated to Lagos State to continue his musical career. As a producer, he worked with artists such as Timaya, Flavour, Ruggedman, Bracket, J Martins and Mr Raw.

Phyno once told an interviewer that Mr. Raw, who at one time also tore up the screen with his igbo rap style, is one of the few people he looks up to.



Phyno began recording his debut studio album, No Guts No Glory, in 2012 but the album was finally released in 2014. It featured guest appearances from Stormrex, Omawumi, Olamide, Efa, P-Square, Timaya, Flavour N’abania, Mr. Raw, M.I, Ice Prince and Runtown. Serving  up instant hits; “Ghost Mode”, “Man of the Year”, “Parcel” and “O Set”, it was well worth the wait.

The album, as would also prove to be the case in subsequent singles and albums alike, was recorded in Igbo and Nigerian Pidgin. Phyno told Joan Omionawle and Netwon-Ray Ukwuoma of the Nigerian Tribune that rapping in his native language is his strong suit.

Phyno’s collaborative album with Olamide, titled 2 Kings, was released on 1 April 2015. Plans for the album were first announced in January 2014 by both rappers via social media.

Even as fans await another album from the star, Phyno has continued to thrill with some choice hit singles including; ‘Connect’, ‘Nnunu’, ‘Ezege’ and most recently ‘Fada Fada’ a song that thrills on how far come.



Phyno has been nominated for and has consequently won a good number of awards in the course of his rap career. Some include;

– City People Entertainment Awards where he won the 2014 award for best rap artiste of the year

– Nigeria Entertainment Awards where his song with Olamide (Ghost Mode) won the best collabo award in 2013

– The Headies where he won in 2013 and 2014 for Best Rap Single Man of the Year and Parcel respectively

In August 2014, a Thisday news story reported that Phyno had become an ambassador of Guinness Nigeria’s Made of Black campaign alongside Olamide and Eva Alordiah.