In 2016, a Nigerian rapper, Chibuzor Nelson Azubuike, popularly known as Phyno released his sophomore album ‘The playmaker’ the standout tracks were “Pino-Pino”, “Connect” and “Fada-Fada.”
One of the tracks off the album which many perhaps never gave listening time has dominated conversation within the mainstream music circle.
The track “I am a fan” caught a life of its own after it became the subject of heavy controversy.
It all started when on Friday, May 26, 2017, an American singer, Pia Mia released a new single titled “I’m a fan” featuring singer, Jeremiah and produced by American beat maker “Remo.”
The thing about her new song however was, it didn’t only just share the same title with Phyno’s 2016 track, on basic inspection, it was pretty much the same song.
The playmaker album profiles Phyno’s version as featuring fast rising singer Mr Eazi, and another relative newcomer Decarlo, produced by Lagos-based producer Benjamz.
On Monday, May 29, 2017, Pia Mia became the object of ridicule on Nigerian social media space as different Phyno fans jumped on the back of the 20-year-old singer for allegedly jacking the song of a Nigerian superstar.
The story, however, took a new dimension as fresh details began to emerge concerning ownership of the track “I’m a fan.”
Unconfirmed reports suggest that Phyno got in contact with Americans Jeremiah and producer Remo while creating his sophomore album and that was when the track “I am a fan” was first created.
Somewhere along the line, an agreement wasn’t reached and both parties went their separate ways only later, Phyno got Mr Eazi, Decarlo and Benjamz to complete the track for him, while Remo offered the track to singer Pia Mia.
Phyno has refused to comment on the ongoing controversy as it is yet unclear who owns the right to the song.
However, as it stands, Phyno’s version of the track has gotten a new lease on life with the controversy, many months after it was first released.