Phyno

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

Life and music career

Chibuzor Nelson Azubuike was born and raised in Enugu State, though he is a native of Anambra State. 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 developed an interest for music production during his secondary school days. 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 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.Phyno started rapping in 2010 and relocated to Lagos to continue his music career.

Phyno started recording his debut studio album, No Guts No Glory, in 2012.The album features guest appearances from Stormrex, Omawumi, Olamide, Efa, P-Square, Timaya, Flavour N'abania, Mr. Raw, M.I, Ice Prince and Runtown. It was primarily recorded in Igbo and Nigerian Pidgin. On 25 September 2012, he released "Ghost Mode" as the album's lead single.The song features Olamide. 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.

Notable performances

In June 2013, Phyno performed for 25 minutes in Owerri as part of the Star Music Trek tour. Phyno 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 Hennessy Artistry 2013 Club Tour. In April 2014, he performed at the 2014 edition of the Star Music Trek tour in Nsukka, Enugu State

Personal life

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

Discography

Albums

  • No Guts No Glory (2014)
  • 2 Kings (2015) (with Olamide)
  • The Playmaker (2016)

Selected singles

  • "Oringo"
  • "Yayo"
  • "Connect "
  • "Asai"
  • "Got it in my Vein" (featuring De Boss and RunTown)
  • "Nnunu" (featuring Stormrex)
  • "Ezege"
  • "Man of the Year"
  • "Alobam"
  • "Street (Kush) Muzik"
  • "Connect"
  • "Fada Fada (Ghetto Gospel)"
  • "E Sure For Me"
  • "So Far So Good"
  • "Link Up" (featuring M.I. and Burna Boy)
  • "Augment"(featuring olamide)
  • "Mkpotu" (featuring Zoro and Tidinz)
  • "No Be My Style" (featuring Burna Boy)
  • "Okpeke" (featuring 2Baba and Flavour)
  • "Onyeoma" (featuring Olamide)

 

 

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