Phyno as he is popularly known, is a Nigerian rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer. His full name is Chibuzor Nelson Azubuike. He is renowned for rapping in the Igbo language. His debut studio album, No Guts No Glory, was released in 2014. It was primarily recorded in Igbo and Nigerian Pidgin.
The artist’s stage name ‘Phyno’ is derived from the word ‘phenomenal’, the nickname given to him by one of his high school friends named Emeka. Phyno developed an interest in music production during his secondary school days although he initially wanted to become a pilot, but was told that he could be a doctor. Throughout high school, he learnt to play the drums and piano. He also learnt to create his own rendition of every recording he heard.
He started rapping in 2010 and relocated to Lagos to continue his music career. As a producer, he has worked with artists such as Timaya, Flavour, Ruggedman, Bracket, J. Martins and Mr Raw. He studied public administration at the Institute of Management and Technology in Enugu, and started profiting from music during his second year at IMT. Phyno told Ifeoma Onoye that Mr. Raw is one of the few people he looks up to.
On 25 September 2012, he released “Ghost Mode” as the lead single of his ‘No Guts No Glory’ album. The song features Olamide and was released to critical acclaim. It won Best Collabo at both the 2012 The Headies Awards and 2013 Nigeria Entertainment Awards. The music video for “Ghost Mode” was shot and directed by Clarence Peters and released on 7 December 2012.
Sputnet Records released the album’s second single, “Man of the Year (Obago)”, on 23 March 2013. The song, which was produced by Phyno, won the Best Rap Single category at the 2012 The Headies Awards. It’s music video 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. However, in September 2013, the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation banned the music video from being broadcast.
“Parcel”, the third single off the album, was released on 11 October 2013. The song was originally titled “Parcel (a BIG Nwa)”. It’s music video was shot by Clarence and released on 19 February 2014. 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 and uploaded onto YouTube at approximately 4 minutes.
His music video for “Alobam” which was directed by Clarence Peters, was released on 22 May 2014. 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. On 31 August 2014, Thisday reported that Phyno became an ambassador of Guinness Nigeria’s Made of Black campaign alongside Olamide and Eva Alordiah. He performed at the campaign’s launch and was featured in the campaign’s television commercial.
He has also collaborated with Flavour N’abania on the song “Authe (Authentic)” whose Clarence-directed visuals he released on 2 September 2014. On 7 October 2014, he released the Major Bangz-produced “Yayo”. The song debuted at number 8 on the Pulse Music Video Charts. The music video for the song, directed by Clarence Peters, premiered on 5 January 2015.
The artist was born on 9 October 1986 in Enugu State, Nigeria. He is 32 years old as of 2019.
Phyno Family | Phyno Hometown
The songwriter comes from a family of five. He is the fourth child with a younger brother and elder sisters for siblings. He is from Enugu State, although his parents are from Anambra state, South East Nigeria. His siblings
Is phyno married
The artist is not married as he disclosed in an interview with SunNews that he is single and ready to mingle. He also announced that he would surely get married someday but not anytime soon.
Rumors have it that he is the father of Rita Edmond’s baby. However, Phyno denied being the father of the said Child and said that the rumors are unfounded as he is single.
- Fada Fada
- Financial Woman
- E Sure For Me
- Pino Pino
- Nnunu (featuring Stormrex)
- Ghost Mode
- Okpeke (featuring 2Baba and Flavour)
- Got it in my Vein (featuring De Boss and RunTown)
- Man of the Year
- Street (Kush) Muzik
- So Far So Good
- Link Up (featuring M.I. and Burna Boy)
- Onyeoma (featuring Olamide)
- NWA (featuring Wale)
- IWA (featuring Tekno)
- “Fuwa Sewa” (2018)
- Agu (2019)
Phyno is under the Penthauze Label and is fronted by him as the CEO.
- 2014 – Rap Artiste of the Year
- 2013 – Ghost Mode (featuring Olamide) – Best Collabo
- 2014 – Parcel – Best Rap Single