No Guts No Glory – Phyno’s Finest Moment Just Begun
When I first heard of Phyno, it was on my last vacation in Nigeria in the summer of 2013. So I’m driving through the usual Lagos traffic, dodging a chaotic mix of eager street hawkers and watchful, hawkeyed ‘LASTMA’ officials when this song “Man of the Year – Obago” comes on. That moment singlehandedly completed the transformation of my opinion on the direction of Nigerian Music.
So, ask yourself this…when was the last time you blitzed through an album. I mean, back…forth…back and forth again. NGNG is the sort of album that stays in your car’s compact disc player on the first loader, so that when all else fails, you can stretch a tired hand towards your player and be immersed in absolute bliss.
Stop, I know you’re asking the same questions any person would ask when listening to a multilingual, multicultural Nigerian album. Where am I from? Do I speak Igbo? Well, those and other related questions are actually valid…that’s what makes Phyno’s NGNG phenomenal. It takes you along from track to track to skit and back to track, effortlessly. However, deeper songs like “Good die young” would require a bit of translation.
The production of NGNG is simply amazing. Major Bangz and Wizzy Pro produce most of the tracks,the beats are not muddled or stereotypical like you would note on an upstart’s album and production simply skyrockets as the CD plays on. Production is testament of the growing decentralization from the typical Don Jazzy or Sars produced beats, as the massive first week hype behind NGNG is testament enough.
Phyno, fortunately, is notorious for club hits and wicked lyrics and his debut album certainly leaves no stone unturned. Predicted hits will certainly be Chukwu na enye with Omawumi, Good die young and Alobam, amongst others. While my cool skepticism for debutants remains what it is, I will certainly be keeping an eye on this gentleman…who by all indication, is set to be the man of the year.