LinguistiQ

A LESSON IN IGBO BY PHYNO

OBAGO (IT HAS ENTERED)

It would behoove you to know that currently, the best rappers in the Nigerian music industry are indigenous rappers, i.e. rappers who rap in authentic Nigerian (African) languages. The truth according to MAQ, is indigenous rappers are the only real rappers in the Naija rap game. Olamide and Phyno are on top of the list, with Phyno leading the game as the man of the year.  Understanding Igbo and the context of Phyno’s chosen vocabulary for Obago, would allow the listener to truly comprehend the ingenuity and musicality of his lyrics. We got goose bumps listening to this song and we hope you enjoy it too, while soaking up all igbo you can possibly absorb. Find more resources for learning Igbo after the translated lyrics below.

Note: Original Video by Clarence Peters…this version has been enhanced for MediAfritiQ. Watch original video H E R E 

ORIGINAL LYRICS (IGBO & ENGLISH – - The igbo is a mix of standard Igbo and Anambara Igbo slang)

“Let me take you to home, show you where I’m from…”

(OO:26)

Iye!!!
Ife balu aba abago, chom! (Obago)
Ife balu aba abago(pent hauze)
Ife balu aba abago, chom! (Obago)
Obu na okweya aba ite nya versaline nwanne

Verse 1
Phyno kill dem all x2
Am like a god in this game
And my kingdom off-come
Lee lee ha si n’egwu m amamba
Mua ele ha anya si ha oburu ogwu na omamba
Shout to illbliss God make u bigger
Any rapper claimin ill
Anyi agwo nya iba
Guy umuasa bute ukwu
Anyi eti nya igba
My account shapeless ka obu amoeba
After much much, kedu nke mee last dat gal si m na okwei iba juo ya nke me last
Word in the street is dat phyno came up too fast
How d indigenous rapper from d gutter get class 
They say aim higher never settle for less
East coast nigga and now am banging in the west
Anyi tinye isi na A’town anyi agbakasia d net
Yall should be afraid of wah am gon do next

Chorus
Achoghom ima ncho ima
Ngabe emma
Oge nno street ima?
Oge nno hood ima?
Owegi itinye isi na otele okuko
You can’t stop me maka n’obago (obago)
Now am finally here
Say hello to the man of the year x2

Verse 2
No albums but am gettin milli
And givin deaf ears to ndi asili
All man na esum imi na egbuzi emeli
And mu na my team akuligo n’enwe anuli see! Everything I touch, See am gon kill it
Hapu the matter ha na form but I don did it
Big things n’aba na packaging kili kili
See they feeling me si n’egwu m n’atokwa bili bili
Two years ago I introduced myself
Two years later now they introduce their selves
Some they wonder, get a tie suit urself
Duru onwegi ga court
Nwanne sue yourself
Okereke okereke my guys no abakiliki
N’ekpelem ekpele si m na nfepu ka chakeleke
Si m gua kelekele n’ezem ka ekeleze
Egburom ochu mana nga na egbu ha ka ebelisia ha

Repeat chorus (x1)

Bridge
Ife balu aba abago, chom! (Obago)
Ife balu aba abago, leeee! (Obago)
Ife balu aba abago, taa! (Obago)
Onwebedi ihe ifu

Verse 3
Ajonwa na asu engli-igbo
When they ask me I say I do it for my people
Ha fum ha si m phyno why iji a rap zi n’igbo
Nsi ha were nwayo imana jesus na su igbo
Now am here, Haters on the stand
We don dey count billi
Now dey lookin for my pair
I climb the ladder now am sitting on the king, I sittin on the throne
Ono n’elu
Nwanne look into my eyes
Ego dim n’obi
Money on my mind, all u niggas owe me
Ebutegom the money now ur chick wish she knew me
Adim agbo ncha but my nigga I do me
My crush told me dat I am focused
Now she see me and my crew and she wanna fuck us
Phyno, onye nkuzi ndi nkuzi
If u go against me ntuo down ka alusi

A cholo m I ma, m cholo I ma, a gagho m I ma 
Oge m no streeti I ma? 
Oge m no hood I ma? 
Owe gi tinye isi n’otule okuko 

You can’t stop me maka n’obago (OBAGO!) 
Now I’m finally here, say hello to the Man of the Year (x2) 

(Culled From: Free Naija Lyrics)

TRANSLATED:

What has entered has entered, It has entered 
If it doesn’t enter, then rub Vaseline on it brother 

Kill them all 
Phyno kill them all 
I’m a god in this game 
And my kingdom has come 
See see 
They said my music won’t enter 
Me, I looked at them and told them If it’s not juju, it won’t enter 
Shout out to Ill bliss, God make you bigger 
Any rapper claiming ill, we’ll cure your malaria 
Let us enjoy, we’ll drum to it 
My account is shapeless like an amoeba 

After much talk, brother what happened at last? 
That girl that said it won’t enter, ask her what happened last 
Word on the street is that Phyno came up too fast 
How an indigenous rapper from the gutter get class? 

They say aim higher, never settle for less 
East coast nigga, now I’m banging in the West. 
When we put our heads in A’town, we’ll spoil the net 
Y’all should be afraid of what I’m gon’ do next 

I don’t care, even if I tried, it wouldn’t work 
When I was on the streets, did you know? 
When I was in the hood, did you know? 
If you’re hating, stick your head in a chicken’s ass 

You can’t stop me, maka n’obago (OBAGO!) 
Now I’m finally here, say hello to the Man of the Year (x2) 

Verse 2 - 

YEH! 
No albums but I’m getting mili 
And I’m giving them ear Gossips 
All man are hitting me on my nose 
we made it, now we’re happy 
See, everything thing I touch see I’m gon’ kill it 
They are forming but I done did it 
Big things are coming in small packages 
See them feeling me, my head is intoxicated. 
Two years ago, I introduced myself 
Two years later, now they introduce their selves 
Some dey wonder, get a tie, suit your self 
Carry yourself to court. My brother, sue yourself 

a type of Igbo folktale 
My guys in Abakiliki are praying for me to fly high like a bird 
they’re telling me to go higher, Dodging me like the police 

I don’t care, even if I tried, it wouldn’t work 
When I was on the street, did you know? 
When I was in the hood, did you know? 
if you’re hating, stick your head in a chicken’s ass 

You can’t stop me, maka n’obago (OBAGO!) 
Now I’m finally here, say hello to the Man of the Year (x2) 

What has entered has entered, It has entered X (3) 

You’ve not seen anything 

A bad boy speaking a mix of English and Igbo
When they ask me, I say I do it for my people 
They see me and ask me “Phyno, why do you rap in Igbo? 
I answer, “Calm down, even Jesus speaks Igbo 

Now I’m here 
Haters on the stand 
Even though they can’t see me now, they’re looking for my bed 
I climb the ladder now I’m sitting as the king, now I’m sitting on the throne 
He is on top! 

Brother, look into my eyes 
Money is in my heart 
Money on my mind, all you niggas owe me. 
I have brought the money now your chick wish she knew me 
I don’t masturbate, but I do me 
My crush told me that I ain’t focused 
Now she see me and my crew and she wanna fuck us 
Phyno, The Teachers’ Teacher 
If you go against me, I’ll show up, like an oracle

I don’t care (know), even if I tried, it wouldn’t work 
When I was on streets, did you know?) 
When I was in the hood, did you know?) 
If you’re annoyed hating, stick your head in a chicken’s ass

You can’t stop me What has entered has entered It has entered 
Now I’m finally here, say hello to the Man of the Year (x2) 

RESOURCES: LEARN IGBO HERE , IGBO 101

3 Responses to LinguistiQ

  1. Chenwi James Ngwa says:

    I have been readx what u write abt African leaders,women,culture&;film and I’m impressed.

    • MediAfritiQ says:

      Thanks James!

  2. Abonghatou Che says:

    I watched 30mins of Shuga on youtube and had to force myself to turn it off in order not to get hooked. I can’t wait for the summer tho, it’ll be me, Shuga and some popcorn….with even more sugar!!!!!