Chibuzor Nelson Azubuike (born 9 October 1986), better known as Phyno, is a Nigerian rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer. He started his music career as a producer in 2003 and is renowned for rapping in the Igbo language. His debut studio album No Guts No Glory was released in 2014. It was supported by four singles: “Ghost Mode”, “Man of the Year”, “Parcel” and “O Set”. Phyno has worked with artists such as Wizkid, Davido, Timaya, Flavour, Ruggedman, Bracket, J. Martins and Mr Raw.
Life and music career
Although a native of Anambra State, Chibuzor Nelson Azubuike was born and raised in Enugu State. His stage name, given to him by one of his high school friends, was derived from the word ‘phenomenal’. Phyno developed an interest in music production during his secondary school days. He initially wanted to become a pilot but was told he could be a doctor. Throughout secondary 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 there. Phyno told Ifeoma Onoye that Mr. Raw is one of the few people he looks up to. Phyno started rapping in 2010 and relocated to Lagos to further his music career.
He told the Nigerian Tribune he raps in Igbo because he respects his culture and loves being himself. Although he primarily raps in Igbo, he incorporates a bit of Nigerian Pidgin and English into his music. Phyno believes 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.
Phyno’s net worth is estimated to be $12 million, according to the list of richest musicians in Africa & Net Worth 2021.