5. Phyno (Nigeria)
2016 hasn’t exactly been a Hip-Hop year for Phyno. Some may say he’s done more singing than rapping; fair enough. That said, he’s had an amazing year all-round with hit singles and collaborations, none bigger than “Fada Fada” featuring Olamide, a song which has just been awarded “Song of the Year” at the #Headies2016 and “Best Collaboration” at the #SoundcityMVP2016. The 2nd edition of Phyno’s annual concert in Eastern Nigeria – tagged #Phynofest2016 – was a massive success.
Phyno‘s latest album “The Playmaker” is a great body of work, with Abulo being the stand-out hip-hop cut. Keep an eye out for that one.