In the Nigeria Music Industry, it’s quite rare to find a friendship like that of Olamide and Phyno. They two have a bond that has broken through language barriers even in their songs.
Olamide and Phyno have linked in the music industry like Siamese twins, delivering some iconic songs from the start.
The two might be from different tribes yet have developed a creative relationship that has propelled them to the top of the Nigerian music scene.
Every time the two work, they develop a synergy that is more than just friendship and it doesn’t look like it would be stopping anytime soon.
We curated a list of the top hit songs the two have collaborated on but this list won’t include any song from their 2015 joint album, “2Kings”
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Following his arrival in Lagos, Phyno collaborated on the single ‘Multiply‘ in 2010 with a star-studded lineup of Timaya, Flavour, M.I, and Mr Raw, but despite the presence of industry heavyweights on the track, it failed to make an impression on the music scene, attracting only the attention of keen industry observers.
Fast forward two years and he collaborated with rapper Olamide on the track ‘Ghost Mode.’
The song defied every criterion for making a successful record, and despite delivering gritty rap in local languages, it became a big hit that propelled their careers ahead indefinitely.
At the 2012 Headies awards, ‘Ghost Mode‘ won numerous awards, including Best Collabo of the year.
Just like “Fada Fada,” the two rappers gave fans another catchy song with a great hook and chorus on “Onyeoma.”
I mean who wasn’t singing the catchy lyrics;
“My brother show me love oh “Onyeoma”
When you see me oh “Onyeoma”
Spray me money oh
Onyeoma Onyeoma Onyeoma”
“Shilalo” was off Olamide’s 2020 “Carpe Diem” album. Although the song wasn’t as popular as the remaining on the list, it is still as good as the rest.
Unlike Ghost Mode, where they were all about rap bars, the duo had undergone a four-year change as they sought a larger audience and, in order to compete with the top mainstream artists, they became pop vocalists, and as much as rap fans despised it, they had to admit that they did it well.
The smash single “Fada Fada” won Headies 2016 song of the year, MTV Africa’s hottest song of the year, and Playdata’s most played song of the year when it was released.
Fada Fada was a catchy song with a catchy chorus that had everyone singing along faster than they could recite the national anthem.
Who You EPP ft Wande Coal
In 2016, Olamide took over the airwaves with “Who You EPP“. The song was at first a freestyle that went viral before he dropped the official song featuring Phyno and Wande Coal.
The fast-paced beat which was produced by Shizzi and featured Wande Coal was a hit song. Every verse on the song most especially Phyno’s verse was impressive.
“Augment” was another song birthed out of their rappers’ chemistry. Produced by Masterkraft, the song was like a sequel to “Fada Fada‘.
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The two regrouped to continue the discourse they began the previous year with GhostMode, but this time they’re making dope money off Olamide’s ‘Baddest Guy Ever Liveth‘ record in 2013.
Olamide gave a great verse rapping in his native style that he had established on Durosoke, which was well matched by Phyno, who wants to “rule the town like he was Tinubu”