Phyno just released his 3rd studio album, “Deal With It” and he has been going to media houses to promote his album. He recently made a stop at Cool 96.9 Fm. At the interview, he revealed his concerns ob being tagged as an indigenous rapper from the East by Nigerians.
Phyno further said he prefers to be referred to as a rapper rather than being called a rapper from the East. He also made it clear that it’s not that he doesn’t love the east but being tagged because of it puts him in a “box”. A box in the sense that it limits him. It means that he just creates music for those people from the East whereby in the real sense, he makes music for the world.
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Furthermore, Phyno said “I think it’s a box. That’s where I’m from I should be proud of where I’m from but then again just making it feel like my music is just meant for people in that region, it’s a box already”.
Phyno also added that “Anything you put your energy in drains you and that shouldn’t be my problem. But then again, it is a box. It’s not something I should be feeling good about. I’m a musician. I’m a rapper. I should do what I want to do and how I know how to do it best. But if you want to start judging from how people see it and put it in their head, then you’ll say ‘Okay, this is already a box’ and it’s going to be difficult to get out of this box so just do your thing”.
“The thing is, in a country like Nigeria where people speak like probably three hundred and sixty-something languages. They tend to take the ones that do the music in their own native language. Nobody comes out and says Tekno the boy from the east, but he’s from the East. Or Patoranking the boy from the east. So probably because I do music in igbo you understand, but that’s how I know how to do it. But then again, Wiz does music in Yoruba whether we like it or not. Davido does music with Yoruba whether we like it or not so why box only Olamide? This is how I know how to do my music. The best way I can do it and I do it with my dialect and that’s it”.