Musician, Chibuzor Nelson Azubuike, popularly known as Phyno, has finally reacted to the controversy surrounding his song, ‘I Am A Fan’.
The controversy began when American singer, Pia Mia released a strikingly similar version, months after that of the Nigerian rap artist was released off his album ‘The Playmaker’.
Amid the situation, Producer, Decarlo, came out to state that he wrote the original demo of the song and that he only authorised the version released by the American singer although he admitted that he offered the song to both Pia Mia and Phyno.
“I wrote the original demo of ‘I Am A Fan’ and pitched it to various artists. I worked with Pia Mia and Jeremih on the track, and their song is the only version authorized,” he said.
Phyno, on Monday however, took to twitter where he shared screenshots of a WhatsApp conversation between himself and Decarlo.
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.
Four years after signing to Empire Mates Entertainment (EME), singer Shaydee, announces his debut album, ‘Rhythm And Life’ is set for an official release on November 25, 2016.
The artiste, originally named Shadrach Adeboye Folarin, shared the official track-list for the 20-track album, featuring label mates, Niyola and Banky W, as well as a host of other popular artistes including 2baba, Phyno, Wizkid, Burna Boy and Iyanya.
Production credits for songs on the album go to Spax, Maleekberry, Legendarybeatz, Papijay and several others.
Shaydee made quite a unique entrance into the music scene, as he contributed immensely to the success of the EME 2012 collective album, ‘Empire Mates State of Mind’.
Prior to the announcement of his debut album, the artiste had thrilled fans with a number of top notch singles and had featured in many chart topping songs by A-list artistes.
He hopes to do the same with the soon coming album.
Rapper, Ice-Prince Zamani has released a new album, ‘Jos To The World’.
The artist’s third studio album, features Yung L, Krept & Konan, Phyno, Dice Ailes, Koker, DJ Buckz, The Fresh Brit Ava Hovanka, Timaya, Runtown, Tiwa Savage, Vanessa Mdee, Yemi Alade, Phil Ade, Tone P, Sojay among others.
While the album was launched on Friday, October 28, 2016, Ice Prince revealed that a book and movie will follow the release of the album, with the movie scheduled for a January 2017 release.
The album which was produced by IllKeyz, The Fresh Brit, CKay, DB Bantino, Chopstix, Ghost88, T U C, Mr Kamera, Tekno, Popito, among others, projects experiences from Ice’s personal life.
Nigerian rapper, Vector Tha Viper teams up with award winning Ghanaian rapper, Sarkodie in a second remix of his hit song, King Kong.
With a previous remix featuring fellow celebrated rap artists, Phyno and Reminisce, Vector like a king decided to further stun his fans with this new remix.
The new remix has an infusion of strong rhythmic rap flow from Sarkodie and also features Ugo, Project Fame season 7 finalist on the bass guitar.
“I decided to have two remixes for this song so as to delight my fans with different renderings of the same song”, said an excited Vector. “As you know, this is one of the few songs in Nigeria that two remixes have been done for and this ability to bring different artistes on board the same song goes to show the quality of the song.”
Nigerian rapper, Vector has said he has no plans to have collaborations with artistes outside Africa for now as he plans to tidy up first.
In a recent chat with Entertainment News on Channels Television, Vector commented on the recent increase in America/Nigeria music collaborations and said “I’ve had my moments with international collaborations in Jamaica, Miami, ATL and parts of New York. I’ve had that buzz and mention over there.
“However, Nigeria is big enough.
“At this point, I think I should tidy my house first,” he said and added that Nigeria and Africa come first.
Vector’s track, ‘King Kong’ has also been gaining a lot of traction with a remix featuring artistes including Reminisce, Sarkodie, Phyno on the way.
Also, Vector disclosed that his ‘Lafiaji’ album is on the way.
“The art with this album is pretty much going back to the place of birth. I was born on Lagos Island and I grew up around Lafiaji.
“It’s high time I made a track or album dedicated to the place I grew up, so it will have plenty Lafiaji kind of lifestyle.”
Asked about his relationship with music label YSG, Vector said: “The new movement is GRAP”, adding that “YSG is still very good” and “we would still work together”.
However, the Shiga rapper made it clear he was operating solo at the moment and that fans should expect Nigerian music that would compete internationally from him.
“This year, it’s just basically me bringing the world and Nigeria together with music,” he said, noting that Nigerian music can compete anywhere in the world whilst still being Nigerian.