Nigerian rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer, Chibuzor Nelson Azubuike better known by his stage name Phyno was born 9 October 1986 and he clocks 31. He is 31 years old today!
Phyno 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
Phyno was born and raised in Enugu 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. In 2010, he started rapping and relocated to Lagos to continue his music career.
Phyno is widely known as the ambassador of rap music in the Igbo Language. He told the Nigerian Tribune that he raps in Igbo because he respects his culture and loves being himself. Although he primarily raps in Igbo, he combines a bit of Nigerian Pidgin and English in his music. Phyno believes that the elements of music make it borderless.
In a 2014 interview with The Punch newspaper, Phyno denied reports about impregnating a woman named Rita Edmond. The talented singer has won several awards including Nigeria Entertainment Awards (2013), City People Entertainment Awards (2014) and The Headies Awards (2012, 2013, 2014).
Happy birthday to him!