Celebrity of the Week features a Nigerian Rap Artiste and producer , whose name has become a household name and been in the industry for more than a decade. He is no other than the famous indigenous Igbo Rap star, Phyno.
Born as Chibuzor Nelson Azubike on 9th October 1986 . Phyno state of origin is Awka ,Anambra state and had his childhood and early days in Enugu.
Phyno is 4th out of 5 siblings . He had all his educational background from Enugu state.
As a child he had the ambition to be a pilot but destiny set in.
He got the name Phyno from a high school friend , Emeka and Phyno is from the word phenomenal.
He caught the music bug during his secondary school days , he got himself acquainted with drums and piano and also learnt to create his records.
He furthered his education at the institute of management and technology where he studied public administration and kicked off music during his second year.
He has been behind the scene since as far back as 2002. He started being a producer in 2003. His producing career hit it big for him as he was one of the biggest producers in the east where he resided.
He moved down to Lagos in 2007 to restart the hustle to stardom after creating for himself a name in his region. In an interview on Bellanaija , Phyno revealed who was behind his decision to start rapping . He said ,
I’ve always known I could rap but one of the people who had always been on my neck to record my own music was Timaya, from the first moment I started working with him. I would also say that Mr. Raw and M.I have a huge part to play as well.
He officially started rapping in 2010 after he moved to Lagos and took Ill Bliss advice on rapping.In an interview conducted by Jaguda , he revealed ,
One of the biggest songs I produced was ‘Life a N’agaga’ by Timaya and M.I. After that, I chilled for a bit before I decided to start my own album. So I started recording my own songs
His rapping career was not just like the rest , he became the Olamide of his tribe. He took his rap to his language , Igbo and Indigenous Igbo Rap has never been so cool ever since.
Before now he has produced for Flavour, Timaya, Ruggedman , 2shots , Jmartins and many others.
His single Ghost mode which featured Olamide gave him a super rise to fame as his niche , indegineous igbo rap became well know in the western part of the county. It was his biggest hit in the industry since he started since 2003.
He is managed by the Goretti company which is same company that manages Ilbliss, Chidinma, Ayoola and Clarence Peters. His label is Sputnet Records which has artists such as Runtown etc.
His debut album was No Guts, No Glory which he dropped in 2013.
Phyno looks up to Kanye West and Pharrell Williams as his style icon no wonder he is always on top of his game.
We all know that he is known with his signature Mohawk hairdo which of course its nice. He got the inspiration from the American drummer Travis Barker.
Phyno has has done several hits songs with other Nigerian artistes like Olamide,PSquare, Reminisce just to name a few
He has released highly successful release of amazing tracks such as O set , Alobam , Man of the Year and the must mention track Ghost Mode where he featured his other half Olamide who is no doubt his brother when it comes to producing good hit .
He has bagged so many awards and nabbed so many shows and he has been able to remained relevant to his fans right from his inception in the music world .
Phyno won the Best Rap Single at the 2014 Headies and has so far won 3 times at the prestigious music awards.
The prominent indiginous rapper has worked with other famous entertainers like Tiwa Savage, Yemi Alade ,Ruggedman, Flavour, Timaya , Jaywon , P’square and many others but we just want to mention a few of them .
Phyno has since bagged various endorsement deals from Airtel, Guinness and Naira Bet.
In August 2014,the Oringo crooner became one of Guinness Nigeria’s ambassador in their made in black campaign alongside with Olamide and Eva Alordiah.
In 2015 Phyno was listed among the top 10 most read about and searched after celebrities of Nigeria in Google Trends. We wish him prosperity and even more success in his career and music.
His favorite food is rice and favorite color is black which is obvious.
We all know that Phyno has a distinct sense of fashion which in an interview he revealed.
Fashion is something that I know I have passion for. Sometimes, I look at things and think how I would have done them differently. So, instead of using someone else to do the experiment, I use myself.The type of styling I do, I can almost wear anything but you can never catch me wearing a g-string,
He Spends Fortune On His Shoes
And not only on his shoes – on his glasses too. He says that his shades and shoes take more money from him than any other fashion items.
He also said that he prefers to wear Ray Ban shades,that it feels like being a superstar when he does.
“No way. I won’t. The Phyno you are seeing is the artiste, Chibuzo is a regular guy. Chibuzo is the guy that wants to be alone; Phyno is the crazy guy, Phyno has his sane times.”
Phyno Songs, Check out some of his videos here
PHYNO MAN OF THE YEAR VIDEO
PHYNO GHOST MODE VIDEO FT OLAMIDE