1 June 2023 (Lagos, Nigeria) Pheelz, the Nigerian singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist, is back with the soaring floor-filler “YOLO.” Listen HERE, courtesy of Rii Collective and DC Talent Agency. The global hitmaker’s latest, an irresistible Afrobeats hymn with a meaningful message, epitomizes why his music is so captivating: good vibes. “YOLO” follows Pheelz’s critically received 2023 EP, Pheelz Good, and is backed by an appropriately peppy video. You may watch it HERE.
“I’m chillin’ with the vibe; let me go go go,” the 28-year-old croons over a sea of percussion and choral backing. That leads to the upbeat chorus: “We only have one life; I believe in Yolo.” Pheelz’s silky-smooth vocals glide seamlessly over the hip-swinging rhythms, culminating in yet another banger with worldwide appeal. The film captures Pheelz enjoying the basic pleasures of life with his buddies, including bus rides, blowup pools, and nocturnal drives.
Pandora and Amazon Music just designated Pheelz an “Artist to Watch” in 2023. After “Finesse” established Pheelz as an international artist on the rise in 2022, he capitalized on the hype with a spectacular concert at Essence Fest’s Afrobeats After Dark party in New Orleans and made his US broadcast debut on NBC’s Late Show with Seth Meyers. You may watch it HERE. Pheelz was also the first Afrobeats artist to perform at the BET Awards Pre-Show, and he was nominated for Best New International Act in 2022.
Pheelz sings from the depths of his soul and writes with passion. The Lagos musician has been creating songs that blur the lines between Afrobeats, R&B, and mainstream pop over the last few years, employing powerful passion and bright melody as a force that unites various sounds and styles. Pheelz’ boundary-pushing music and honest, heartfelt feelings have begun to gain traction thanks to songs like “Finesse,” which also features fellow Nigerian superstar BNXN. This song has risen to the top of the charts in both the UK and his own nation. It’s a moment that Pheelz has, in a way, been striving toward since he was young. Born Phillip Kayode Moses in 1994, Pheelz spent his early years singing and playing the piano in the Lagos, Nigeria, church that his father, a pastor, ran.
When he was just 16 years old, Olamide’s hazy, electronic hip-hop track, “First of All,” became his first hit. He quickly started producing music. Since then, Pheelz has established himself as one of Nigeria’s most sought-after producers, contributing to the music of artists like M.I., Mr. Eazi, and others. He won Producer of the Year at Nigeria’s hip-hop awards ceremony, The Headies, in 2020. In 2021, he launched his breezy Hear Me Out EP, which amassed millions of streams and made his passionate pop music accessible to even more fans worldwide. Pheelz’s ambition to put everything of himself into his songs hasn’t changed despite the fact that the success of “Finesse” has altered everything. Now that he’s signed a contract with Warner Records, he’s confident that this is only the start of a meteoric rise. “I’ve been plotting for years. I was ready,” he says. “I am ready.”