Chibuzor Nelson Azubike is one of the major players in the Nigerian music industry, especially the rap genre. Popularly known as Phyno, he is one of the greatest rappers with a robust career in the Nigerian music scene. With his entrant into the industry, he revived the culture of rapping in his native dialect, Igbo, and set ablaze a trail that was almost going cold since his predecessors seem to have faded from the limelight.
In the years that he has built his career, this rapper has risen to great heights. Phyno has established himself as one of the key rappers in the country, and in the process, amassed a lot of wealth for himself, which aids in the life of luxury he is currently leading. Tracing the background of the rap icon will shed more light on his journey and the numerous milestones he has recorded.
Profile Summary Of Phyno
- Full name: Chibuzor Nelson Azubike
- Date of birth: October 9, 1986
- Age: 35 years old
- Nationality: Nigerian
- Education: The Institute of Management and Technology, Enugu State
- Occupation: Musician
- Years active: 2003 – Present
- Net worth: $10 million
Phyno Is From Anambra But His Childhood Was Spent In Enugu State
This rapper was born on October 9, 1986, in Enugu, Nigeria, where he also spent most of his childhood and adolescent days. Now 35 years old, he can rightly say he has lived his dreams, at least most of them. As a child, Phyno had an interest in several topics because he was bright and was able to apply himself to many things.
The stage name he currently uses was given to him by his childhood friends back in secondary school. The name was gotten from the word “Phenomenal,” which alludes to the fact that he was able to do a lot of things, even as a child. If he didn’t discover his musical talent early, Phyno would have been a pilot or even a doctor as those were the career choices that came up when he was still in school.
Despite having these lofty aspirations, he already showed an affinity for music at an early age. As a secondary school student, he was able to acquire the skills for playing the drums and piano. He also started to make covers of songs, and by the time he was in university, he started taking his music very seriously. Mr. Raw, a renowned Nigerian rapper who also raps in his native Igbo language, is one of the icons Phyno looked up. Perhaps, this helped inspire his choices when he finally launched his music career.
His Father Disapproved of His Musical Leanings
For a child who showed great promise by planning to become a doctor or a pilot. Phyno’s decision to become a musician, quite naturally, was met with opposition by his father. He is the only member of his family that Phyno had spoken about before, and he had hoped that his son would do something more professional than music.
According to the musician, one of the reasons he is grateful to have become successful in his chosen field was to prove to his father that he could be successful as a musician. There is no much information available on his parents or his four siblings, but from the pictures he has put up, it is clear that they are all pleased with the level of success he has been able to make for himself.
Phyno Started His Professional Career at Age 17
Phyno had already started to build a career in music by putting up performances in his university. While honing his skills in playing musical instruments, Phyno also learned to create renditions of every recording he heard. His career officially began in 2003 when he was still a teenager, but he didn’t achieve much until after college.
Howbeit, while studying public administration in college, Phyno invested enough time in learning the rope in his interest in music. He began making profits as a music producer in his second year in college. Seven years after he started taking his music seriously, Phyno made the necessary move to Lagos to help his career, and it didn’t take long before he made his breakthrough.
He Garnered His Breakthrough At Age 24
In 2010, when he was 24 years old, Phyno relocated to Lagos because if he was going to build a career in his chosen field, Lagos would be the best place for him to start. It was not until two years after that he would start recording his first album, No Guts No Glory, which was finally released in 2014 to rave reviews.
For a debut album, it features some heavyweights in the music industry such as P-Square, Olamide, Omawumi, and Mr. Raw, one of the rappers he looks up to. The lead single in the album, Ghost Mode, was one that set a precedent as it was done in the manner of a face-off with Olamide, where both rapped in their local dialects. The song went on to win awards for the collaboration of the two musicians. Other great hits that came out of his debut album include Man of the Year (Obago), O Set, Parcel (a Big Nwa), and Alobam.
Inside His Luxurious Mansion
Phyno, unlike a lot of people in the entertainment industry, leads a very private life. He is not prone to sing about his wealth or discuss it publicly. However, it is a known fact that the rapper has two houses, one in the state he spent his childhood, Enugu, and another in Lagos. He spends most of his time in the latter.
When he purchased the house is not known, but it has come to public knowledge that the Lekki house, which is located in Chevy View Estate, is actually a three-bedroom duplex that he bought for ₦170 million. This is significantly much more expensive than his house in Enugu, which is believed to have cost him ₦70 million.
In an online battle of words with popular fraudster HushPuppi, he revealed that he has another house that he has been building for years. According to him, the house for his mother and is his own way of showing how much he loves her.