Biography Of One Of Igbo Best Rapper ‘Phyno’

Phyno is arguably One of the best ingenious rapper, a singer, song writer, and a recording producer currently in Nigeria. His consistency in the industry has contributed in no small measure in placing him were he is now. 
His full name is Azubuike Chibuzo Nelson, well known by his stage name Phyno, was born 9 October 1986 in Enugu State as the fourth of five children.  Although, his parents hail from Anambra state, he was breed in the cool city.
The name Phyno was a nickname given to him by one of his high school friends, Emeka, which was derived from the word “Phenomenal”,
PhynoAccording to him, ‘I have always wanted to be a pilot, but my parent wanted me be a doctor’ but i finally studied Public administration at the institute of Management and Technology in Enugu’.
After then, Phyno moved to Lagos to further promote his music career. 

Phyno started his musical career in 2003, and has worked with big artists like Timaya, Ruggedman, Flavor, J.Martins, Bracket and Mr Raw and many others

Phyno came to limelight in 2012, after releasing a single song made with impressive rap, ‘Ghost Mode’ featuring Olamide.

In 2013, He was nominated for Man of the Year. Today, Phyno is one of the famous indigenous rappers in Nigeria.

He album ‘No Guts No Glory’ was released in 2014, which contain the singles “Man Of The Year” “Ghost Mode”, “Parcel” and “O set”




Phyno developed interest in Music Production in secondary school. Then, he started learning how to play piano, drums and how to create his own rendition of every recording he comes across.

Phyno started profiting from music from his second year in the institute. In 2010, after school, he started rapping and then relocated to Lagos to pursue his career.

Phyno is a star musician to be reckoned with when it comes to indigenous music. He does his rap in Igbo language and Nigerian Pidgin

Phyno is the founder and CEO of Penthauze Music, a record label based in Nigeria. At first, he started his career with Sputnet records and after some time, he began Penthauze. The label became active in 2008 and has gone on to sign several artists: Run town (left in 2013), Shuga Boi and Flipside (came in 2011), and Storm Rex as the sole female Act’ in 2014.

Ghost Mode became Phyno’s first single from his debut studio album. It was released on Oct. 25, 2012 featuring Olamide. The Video which was released on Dec. 7, 2012, was directed by Clarence Peters. The video has lots of views on You Tube, and it won the 2012 Headies Awards for Best Collaboration.

Additionally, Ghost Mode was followed by another Hit, Man of the Year (Obago) which was released on March 23, 2013 featuring Illbliss under the Sputnet Records. The video was shot by Clarence Peters in Abakpa, and released to YouTube on Aug 20, 2013. It won the best rap single award at Headies 2012, but was banned from broadcast by Nigerian Broadcasting Commission in September, 2013. These were the songs that brought Phyno into Limelight.


Phyno released his debut studio album under Sputnet Records and Penthauze Music label on March 20. 2014. The album incorporates afrobeat, rap and highlife and it was recorded in Igbo and Nigerian pidgin. Some of the guest featured in the album include P-Square, Olamide, Ice Prince, Omawunmi, Timaya, etc.

It has four singles – Ghost Mode (2012), Man of the Year  (2013), Parcel (2013), O’Set (2014).

The album was commended for its indigenous and lyrical depth. Phyno produced the song with Major Bangz, Wizzy Pro, Chopsticx and JStunt. It was nominated for the City People Entertainment Awards and the The Headies in 2014.


Phyno collaborated with Olamide and they released a studio album 2Kings on April 1, 2015. It was released on Cloud 9 and ITunes store by Penthauze Music and YBNL Nation which had Producers and guest Artists featured in the album such as Wizkid, Pheelz, B-Banks, Storm Rex, Young John, Major Bangs and Lil Kesh. The album singles are Une (2015) and Confam Ni (2015).

Phyno released his sophomore album, The Play Maker under Penthauze records in 2016. It featured guest appearance from P-Square, MI Abaga, Burna Boy, 2Baba, Flavour, Decarlo, Mr Eazi, Onyeka Onwenu, Olamide, Zoro and Tidinz with The Producers such as Major Bangz, Tunex, Christ String, Kezyklef, Benjamz, MasterKraft, Del’B, and T-Spize.

The Play Maker was described as the best thing recorded in the music industry that year by Tooxclusve, a music site. The album singles include Pino Pino (2016), Fada fada ft Olamide (2016), and E sure for me (2016).


2013 and 2014 , Phyno released tracks such as  Authentic ft Flavour, OringoYayoAlobamGood Die YoungAju ft Olamide, Nme NmePaper Chaser ft Illbliss, Shey You Know and Multiply ft Mr Raw, Flavor and Timaya.

In 2015, he shacked the industry with tracks like Carry me go ft Storm Rex, For my cityreal NigaGod Be With UsLadi ft Lil Kesh, Nobody’s FaultKoba Koba, and Cypher.

The light skinned rapper continue in 2016 with Financial womanEzegeSo Far So GoodI’m a Fan ft Mr Easi & De Carlo, Ochie Dike ft Onyeka, Mkpotu ft Zoro & Tidinz, No be my StyleAbuloOkpekeAsaiConnectIno Nma and Yes I Pray (Nwa Ogenta).

His tracks in 2017 includes Zamo Zamo, If to say, Mmili and Link Up ft M.I & Olamide

Read Also: Biography Of Veteran Nigerian Rapper ‘ill Bliss’

  • As a prolific rapper, Phyno signed some endorsement deal and also became a brand ambassador for companies like Globacom e.t.c.
  • In August 2014, he became an Ambassador of Guinness Nigeria Made of Black Campaign along with Olamide and Eva Alordiah. The deal was renewed the following year.
  • In 2015, he also signed an endorsement deal with Nairabet and later that year, a 50 million Naira deal with Airtel communications.
  • Furthermore, in June 2018, Phyno was unveiled by Nigerian Breweries as an ambassador for Life Continental Lager Beer, the leading south-east premium beer brand.
  • That same month, he announced his endorsement deal with a popular energy drink brand, Monster Energy.
  • In March 2019, Phyno together with Teniola signed an endorsement deal with Cadbury Nigeria Plc, Producer of a candy brand, Tom Tom
  • Later in June 2019, He was also endorsed along with Timaya as the End Polio Celebrity Ambassadors. This was done by the Nigerian polio Plus Committee and the Office of the Rotary International Polio Ambassador in Nigeria.

The indigenous rapper’s net worth is about $10 million USD in early 2019. This analysis was based on his properties, endorsement deal, sales of album and shows. He is said to own a duplex in Chevy View Estate, Lekki, Lagos worth about 160 million Naira and a Bentley GT Coupe of N30 million.

Phyno has been nominated for several awards and he has successfully won five. They are:

  • Best Collabo, ‘Ghost Mode’ ft Olamide, The Headies 2013
  • Best Rap Single ‘Anam Achi Kwanu’ Illbliss ft. Phyno, The Headies 2013
  • Best Collabo ‘Ghost Mode’ ft Olamide. Nigeria Entertainment Awards, 2013.
  • Rap Artiste of the Year, City people Entertainment Awards, 2014
  • Best Rap Single ‘Parcel’ The Headies 2014

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