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Phyno Hits The Streets In 'Alobam'

Nigerian rapper, Phyno has released a new music video for 'Alobam' off his debut album 'No Guts, No Glory'


Since earning a spot on our Top Ten Nigerian songs of 2013 list, Phyno has been busy making waves with the release of  his debut album No Guts No Glory. Now, the "Man of The Year" is gunning for the top spot with the visuals for this hard-hitting buddy anthem. In the Major Bangz produced "Alobam"— which is Igbo slang for “my guy" — Phyno reminds fans that he's one to watch, while also paying tribute to many of his industry peers including Ice Prince, Flavour, P-Square, Olamide and J Martins. The vibrant video was directed by Clarence Peters (creative visionary behind the videos for Burna Boy's "Yawa Dey" and P-Square’s "Personally") and showcases the mohawk-sporting rapper’s distinctive style as he establishes himself as a man of the people against several colorful backdrops in different cities across Nigeria. "Alobam" is off Phyno’s debut effort No Guts No Glory (peep the #NGNG hashtag throughout the clip below), which is available on iTunes now.

 

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Interview: AYLØ Bridges His Music & Universe In the 'Clairsentience' EP

The Nigerian artist talks about trusting your gut feelings, remedying imposter syndrome and why our identity is best rooted in who we are, rather than what we do.

AYLØ's evolution as an artist has led him to view sensitivity as a gift. As the alté soundscape in the Nigerian scene gains significant traction, his laser focus cuts through the tempting smokescreen of commercial success. AYLØ doesn't make music out of need or habit. It all boils down to the power of feeling. "I know how I can inspire people when I make music, and how music inspires me. Now it's more about the message."

Clairsentience, the title of the Nigerian artist's latest EP, is simply defined as the ability to perceive things clearly. A clairsentient person perceives the world through their emotions. Contrary to popular belief, clairsentience isn't a paranormal sixth sense reserved for the chosen few, our inner child reveals that it's an innate faculty that lives within us before the world told us who to be.

Born in 1994 in Benin City, Nigeria, AYLØ knew he wanted to be a musician since he was six-years-old. Raised against the colorful backdrop of his dad's jazz records and the echoes of church choirs from his mother's vast gospel collections, making music isn't something anyone pushed him towards, it organically came to be. By revisiting his past to reconcile his promising future, he shares that, "Music is about your experiences. You have to live to write shit. Everything adds up to the music."

Our conversation emphasized the importance of trusting your gut feelings, how to remedy imposter syndrome and why our identity is best rooted in who we are, rather than what we do,

This interview has been edited for purposes of brevity and clarity.

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