Phyno is a Nigerian rapper, producer and songwriter. He is one of the most prolific indigenous rappers on the Nigerian music scene as he raps mainly in his native Igbo language. This article is about his biography, music career, awards and more.
Phyno was born on the 9th of October, 1986 in Enugu State of Nigeria; but originally an indigene of Anambra State. He was christened Azubuike Chibuzor Nelson and was described as being phenomenal by his friend which is how his stage name, Phyno came about.
Phyno was the fourth out of five children and he planned on being a pilot while growing up but destiny had other plans for him. While in secondary school, he began to learn and experiment on rudiments of music production and then he began to produce while studying Public Administration at the Institute of Technology and Management (IMT), Enugu. In a twist of fate he transformed into a rapper and started rapping real good in his native Igbo dialect, even though he had people that he looked up to in the music industry like Nigga Raw, who inspired him to rap in his native tongue.
His style invariably opened up a whole new chapter for him in the music scene. In 2010, he migrated to Lagos State, the heart beat of entertainment to pursue his music career.
On the 25TH of September, 2012, Phyno released his debut single titled ‘Ghostmode’ that equally featured Olamide ‘Badoo’. The song was massively received and it topped various charts on radio and TV stations across the country and outside.
Phyno followed this up with other singles like ‘Parcel’ and ‘O Set’ before he released his debut album in 2014 titled ‘No Gut No Glory’ and this attracted local and international interests. In addition, in 2015 he had a collaboration album with Olamide titled ‘2Kings’.
He later signed on to Penthauze Records and has not looked back. He has been able to bring Igbo rap music to the mainstream as before him no one was talking about anything like that. Phyno released his second studio album titled ‘Playmaker’ in 2016.
Phyno has released many albums which include;
- End of Discussion 2010
- No Guts No Glory 2014
- LXG 2015
- 2 Kings 2016
- Phyno 2016
- The Playmaker 2016
NOMINATION AND AWARDS
He has received lots of nominations and awards, some of which are;
- MTV AFRCA Music awards (Nominated)
- Nigerian Entertainment Awards (1 Won and 3 Nominations)
- City People Entertainment Awards (1 Won 4 Nominations)
- The Headies (5 Won and 15 Nominations)
- Channel O Music Video Awards (2 Nominations)
- Nigerian Music Video awards (Nominated)
- Africa Muzik Magazine awards (2 Nominations)
Phyno has deals with Airtel Nigeria, Guinness- Made of Black and Naira Bet amongst others
PHYNO NET WORTH
According to Forbes Magazine, Phyno was ranked as one of the richest young Nigerian artistes in the music industry and he has an estimated net worth of about $4.5 million dollars.