Yesterday, multi-award-winning hip hop artist Phyzix released on all platforms his fourteenth coming, Flaws.
The 16-cut collection comes after his 2020 release Gamba Season bagged several decorations at the UMP Awards.
Also known by the moniker Gamba (hustler), the artist added to his shelf the best album award, song of the year (Makofi) and best hip hop act of the year.
In the interim, Follow, a song he released in collaboration with Eli Njuchi and Macia hit the global airwaves when it entered the BBC 1Xtra chart for African songs.
The album, which we have sampled, explores a forest of subjects, including love, humanity, self-recognition, everyday hustle, perseverance and a host of others.
“I want people to have time to familiarise themselves with this new music before the launch,” the artist told Society on Wednesday.
Former Trap Squad member Stich Fray (real name Stephen Chibwazi) engineered all the 16 songs at his studio in Chilobwe. The album also features Nepman, Teddy, Ikon Emcee, KingLV, Janta, Njuchi Veda, Chizmo Njuchi and Episodz just sent in their vocals.
The album features such songs as Changanga, Best Friend, Saka Money, Angellina, Yahman, Abiti Eve and Careful.
The title track, Flaws opens with the persona mourning the death of his dad and brother how they resolved to fight his battles, satisfied he was born a leader and urges his daughter to maintain integrity and honour. That is, in spite of the negative thoughts haters may have.
And the hook goes: Nane ndimafuna/Kukhala munthu wabwino/Nane ndimafuna/Kuti anthu azikamba zanga zabwino/Koma/I got Flaws/ I got Flaws/ I got Flaws/Zikuvuta
Asked if the song has to do with his own life, the artist affirms it is.
“This is accurate. I have always shared personal experiences in my music. I believe true Hip Hop is honest expression. This is how you connect with people and creating lasting impressions. And it’s also part of my own personal therapy. I believe these experiences and testimonies are good for inspiring others,” he says.
The artist, professionally a banker and marketer, says his focus now is to make great music. “I am not out to showcase my skills or to prove a point. I have already displayed my abilities over the years. So, part of making great music and reaching to a wider audience is by involving other great talents,” he says.
He says this has entailed his picking the right beats, the right producers, the right sound and the right voice and artist.
“Therefore, every featured artist was very important to this album. They were all picked for the immense talent that they have to contribute to making great music,” says Phyzix.
One song where this is clearly evident is Momo, where he features Nalero star Nepman. It is a song that shows how true love is priceless. The two artists bring out how that love transcends political, tribal and even religious boundaries.
In the hook, Nepman chants: Baibie baibie want you come my way/Ndiwe wa zonse momo /Extraordinary, suli normal eh/Titenge chi photo poti ndi wazonse Momo eh x2
He takes it further later on, seemingly robbing Phyzix the limelight for a while:
Let me take u there (Pa chi Nepia de ma Filadefia)/To show that I love u/And I really care/So baibie listen when am talking/Coz I mean it no joking/Ndiwe Queen, ine King/Happiness you bring/Kuwala kwako kuposa bling bling bling yeh/N’zakuveka ring ring ring!!
The Captain Bae, as he is popularly known especially among female audiences, brings a message of hope in One Day, where he features the Chisoni star, Janta. It is a song for African children, where unemployment and lack of love rear ugly heads.
In this song, Phyzix, one of the artists that have maintained a strong voice on the Covid-19 pandemic does not forget to bring it out as one of the problems that will one day be solved. He sings:
One of these days we will conquer Covid
Kukhalira kuvala ma mask zosakoma/Kukanika kumupatsa hug munthu womukonda
The artist worked on all the 16 songs in January and February this year, at a time the Covid-19 pandemic was hitting the country hard. Phyzix claims were it not for the pandemic; he could have finished within a month. As a matter of fact, the Gamba wa Suti (a polished hustler) feels it infused creativity into his art. “I have been at home more, reflecting on my life and my craft. That’s why I was able to work faster and create introspective content and deep content in a short time period and immediately after releasing another album last year,” he says.
Last year, he released the Extended Play (EP) Gamba Season, an album that led him to bag five awards at the UMP awards last year.
After Follow’s success, Minister of Information tweeted that the Cholapitsa creator is an artist to watch because ‘he will be the next big thing’ and that ‘he was about to explode to the global music stardom’.
As a matter of fact, that is the artist’s very dream: “I want to make the album global. I plan remixes of the songs with international artists and music videos as well.”