Phyno’s delivery of his sophomore album just might have been the best thing recorded in the 2016 history of Nigerian music industry activities save for all the Sony Music signings. The album is such a 360 offering. Everyone can find a piece of something to want (or love) from it. And it’s even harder now to explain that thing that really makes you tick about Phyno and his artistry in rap. He’s circumscribed his knowledge and skill in music – vocals, production and lyrical writing – to craft an album eponymously titled to fit.
Yes I Pray (Nwa Ogenta)
The album opens with a delicious sound sampled from Harcourt Whyte’s Nwa Ogenta. Barely a minute into the song, Phyno is already blowing some heavy sass in 16 bars with a crisp message – prayer is key, and yes he does it too!
Indigenous Eastern hip-hop flow at its best. Phyno goes on a Kanye West kind of indigenous rap rant on whoever Abulo is, and it was spectacular. His switching of singing and rapping was impressive. One of my favourites.
Financial Woman ft. P-Square
This one is for the feel good music lovers, especially those who women are their kryptonite. It’s obviously not the first choice (or second, or even last perhaps) for favourite picks off the album but Phyno and P-Square sure did have a decent outing on the track.
The track shares striking sound similarities to ...