In a recent interview, rapper Phyno, whose real name is Chibuzor Nelson Azubuike, shared a revealing story from his early days as an aspiring artist. According to a report in the Punch Newspaper, Phyno disclosed that he had faced temptation from friends who suggested joining a secret society or engaging in rituals to achieve quick fame and success in his music career.
Using this anecdote, Phyno took the opportunity to offer guidance to emerging artists, cautioning them about the dangers of seeking shortcuts to success. He stressed that, in his own journey, hard work, unwavering determination, and resilience had been the crucial factors in achieving success. He firmly rejected the idea of taking shortcuts.
Phyno’s advice to young artists included a reminder to exercise caution and wisdom when considering the paths to their success. He warned against rushing into record label agreements out of desperation and emphasized the importance of thoroughly reviewing and understanding the terms and conditions of any contracts they might encounter.
In the interview, he said, “Some people look at us today and think we got it easy, Not at all. I’ve never loved easy things. Before many people heard of Phyno, I’d had songs that no one knew existed. A couple of friends told me to blow, I must join a cult or sacrifice something or someone, I told them the price is too much. I’ll never do such. I believed in myself and the power of hard work, I started little and today I thank God. Young talents need to relax, do not be desperate about record deals or being in the spotlight. Keep working, when it’s time you’ll shine. Imagine begging a label to sign you, what kind of terms will they give you? They already know you are desperate and they will use you. At the beginning, you might not see it but give it time, you’ll regret it. Nothing pays more than hard work and consistency.”