As we celebrate one of the Nigeria’s finest rappers who clocks 30 today, here are 11 interesting facts about Phyno who since his emergence has dished out hits upon hits.
1. Azubuike Chibuzo Nelson aka Phyno was born and raised in Enugu State. He is an indigene of Anambra state and hails from a family of 5 kids with him being the 4th.
2. His stage name Phyno is derived from the word phenomenal, and was the nickname given to him by one of his secondary school friends named Emeka.
3. 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.
4. He studied public administration at the Institute of Management and Technology in Enugu, and started profiting from music during his second year at IMT.
5. His latest nickname ‘eze nnunu‘ is an Igbo phrase which means king of birds, a tribute to his childhood ambition of being a pilot.
6. His official debut single, Ghost Mode which featured Olamide changed the rappers fortunes for good and his career has been on the rise ever since. No Guts No Glory was released to critical acclaim and featured heavyweights such as Olamide, P-Square, Omawumi, MI Abaga, Flavour, Ice Prince and Timaya.
7. Back in 2014, Phyno was involved in a baby daddy/mama scandal which alleged that his ‘lover’ Rita Edmond, was carrying his baby. He has since debunked it.
8. However if the rapper gets a chance to date a celeb, then it will be Genevieve Nnaji who is his celeb crush.(mine too)
9. Phyno has a couple of awards to his name. He won the Best Rap Single at the 2014 Headies and has so far won 3 times at the prestigious music awards.
10. He was discovered by M.I and Mr Raw. During one radio interview Phyno revealed that he got his first big break through respected music icons M.I and Mr. Raw. He said the two artistes discovered his talent and gave him a platform to display it.
11. Phyno’s signature Mohawk hairdo was inspired by his long term partner Clarence Peters. Hear him;
“I actually wanted to look different. It was also inspired ‘forced on me’ by Clarence Peters. After I showed him a video of popular American drummer, Travis Barker and told him that I could pull it off , when we were about to shoot the “Anam Achikwanu” video, he insisted that I do it. So, that was exactly how it came up.
Now you know! Happy birthday Boss.