Phyno is definitely the biggest artist from South Eastern Nigeria at the moment, and the biggest Hip Hop artist from those regions.
However, he did not get there all of a sudden. In a throwback photo shared by DJ Gunz – a DJ and artist manager from Enugu – Phyno is seen with 2 other artists from the East, TJ and Slow Dogg.
What strikes one in the picture is not just the oversized, poor quality shirt, or Phyno’s gaunt look, but the caption under the image. It read, “TJ, Slow Dog & Friend“. That is it! Phyno was so insignificant that his name was not known so he had to be given the arbitrary title, ‘friend’.
This is the artist who has gone on to be the poster child for indigenous rap, with 21 nominations from Africa’s most prestigious awards, and endorsements by Guinness and Airtel.