Phillip Kayode Moses (born 5 June 1994), better known as Pheelz, is a Nigerian record producer,[1] singer and songwriter who has worked with several artists and musicians, such as Olamide and Tiwa Savage.[2] Born and raised in Lagos, Pheelz is credited to have produced all but one song on Olamide's Baddest Guy Ever Liveth album.[3] In 2022, he had a hit with his song "Finesse", a collaboration with Bnxn (formerly known as Buju).

Pheelz
Pheelz Mr Producer.jpg
Background information
Birth namePhillip Kayode Moses
Also known asPheelz Mr. Producer, Ridimakulayo
Born (1994-06-05) June 5, 1994 (age 28)
Lagos, Nigeria
Genres
Occupation(s)Record producer, songwriter, singer
Years active2011–present
Labels
  • Riidiimacool
  • Warner Records US

Early lifeEdit

Pheelz is a native of Ogun State, but he was born and raised in Ojo, a local government area in Lagos State. He started music as a 10 year old singer in church.[4] While in high school in Ajangbandi Afromedia, Pheelz attended ideal comprehensive high school and later he worked under I.D Cabassa at Coded Tunes, the record label where he met Olamide. In 2011, he featured vocals in a song off Olamide's Rapsodi album titled "I'm Going In".

CareerEdit

2012–2020: Working as a producerEdit

His breakthrough as a record producer came in 2012, when he produced the chart-topping singles by Olamide titled "First of All" and "Fucking with the Devil" off his YBNL album.[4] In 2013, Pheelz was listed in NotJustOk's "Top 10 Hottest Producers in Nigeria".[5] He produced all but one song on Olamide's Baddest Guy Ever Liveth album, a move which made him gain grounds in the Nigerian music industry and won him a nomination at The Headies 2013.[6] In 2014, he was also nominated in the Producer of the Year category at the 2014 edition of The Headies and at the 2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards.[7] Pheelz has gone on to produce and be credited in popular songs and albums including The Chairman by M.I, Ghetto University by Runtown and Seyi or Shay by Seyi Shay. In 2014, Pheelz collaborated with COPILOT Music and Sound on a cover of Carlinhos Brown's "Maria Caipirnha (Samba da Bahia)". The arrangement represented the musical instrumentation and styles of Nigeria for Visa's "Samba of the World", a digital campaign for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Pheelz was nominated and won[8][9] the "Producer of the Year" category at The Headies 2020 edition.

2021–present: Hear Me Out EPEdit

In 2021 he released his debut EP Hear Me Out [10] through Empire Distribution.[11][12][13]

"One Life" was released as a single off the EP on 26 November 2020, with its lyric video following on 28 December 2020.[14]

Motolani Alake of Pulse Nigeria wrote that it "excels on quality songwriting and good productions".[15] Ikwuje Amos of Mp3bullet called Pheelz "very intentional on the EP".[16]

On 15 March 2022, he signed a record deal with Warner UK,[17] shortly after his single "Finesse" became an international success, and earned him, his first career entry on the Billboard Global 200 at number 131, the TurnTable Top 50 at number 1, World Digital Song Sales at number 10, UK Afrobeats Singles Chart at number 1, and the UK Singles Chart at number 52.

DiscographyEdit

EPsEdit

  • Hear Me Out (2021)

SinglesEdit

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications Album
NG US UK UK
R&B
UK
Afrobeats
ZA
2012 "Hustle" Non-album singles
2015 "Son of Abraham"
(feat. Olamide)
2016 "I.J.N"
"Do What You Want"
"Honey"
(feat. Reekado Banks, and Marv)
"12:01 (ADM Remix)"
(with. Cina Soul)
2019 "Gobe"
(with. Olamide, and Naira Marley)
2020 "One Life"
2021 "MOSLADO (Pheelz Remix)"
(with. Teni)
2022 "Finesse"
(with. Bnxn)
1 [A] 52 29 1 48 TBA

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Event Prize Recipient Result
2013 The Headies 2013 Producer of The Year Pheelz for "Durosoke" Nominated
2014 The Headies 2014 Pheelz for "Eleda Mi O" Nominated
2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Himself Nominated[19]
City People Entertainment Awards Nominated[20]
2015 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Nominated[21]
City People Entertainment Awards Nominated
2016 City People Entertainment Awards Nominated
The Headies Pheelz for "Pick Up" Nominated
Pheelz for "Love Lagos" Nominated
2020 The Headies 2020 Producer of The Year Pheelz for "Billionaire by Teni" Won[22]
2021 The Beatz Awards Afro Hip Hop Producer of the Year Himself[23] Nominated
Afro Soul Producer of the Year Nominated

NotesEdit

  1. ^ "Finesse" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but debuted at number 131 on the Billboard Global 200.[18]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Olamide and Pheelz part ways?". New Telegraph. 13 June 2013. Archived from the original on 18 November 2015. Retrieved 17 November 2015.
  2. ^ "The Headies 2013: First Photos & Full List of Winners: Olamide, Phyno, Davido, Sean Tizzle & Waje". BellaNaija. 27 December 2013. Retrieved 17 November 2015.
  3. ^ Tayo, Ayomide (17 November 2013). "Album Review: Olamide is the 'Baddest Guy Ever Liveth' (even though he's tired)". Nigeria Entertainment Today. Archived from the original on 13 January 2016. Retrieved 17 November 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Unveiling Pheelz …his synergy with Olamide, others". News Watch Times. 13 June 2014. Archived from the original on 23 January 2016. Retrieved 17 November 2015.
  5. ^ "The 10 Hottest Producers in Nigeria". NotJustOk. 4 October 2013. Retrieved 17 November 2015.
  6. ^ Ayeni, Gbemiga (23 July 2015). "Custodian Interview: Pheelz(YBNL Producer)". Culture Custodian. Retrieved 17 November 2015.
  7. ^ "Nigeria Entertainment Awards 2014 Nominees List: Davido, Yemi Alade, Others Nominated". tooXclusive. 29 May 2014. Retrieved 17 November 2015.
  8. ^ "Here Are The 14th Headies Music Awards Winners". OkayAfrica. 22 February 2021. Retrieved 23 February 2021.
  9. ^ "#14thHeadies: Fireboy DML & Wizkid win Big, Full Winners List". Mp3bullet. 21 February 2021. Retrieved 24 February 2021.
  10. ^ "Pheelz releases a new project 'Hear Me Out EP'". Pulse NG. 24 February 2021. Retrieved 24 February 2021.
  11. ^ "Pheelz Uncovers A New Level Of Musical Pursuit In 'Hear Me Out". 21 February 2021. Retrieved 24 February 2021.
  12. ^ "Pheelz flies solo on debut EP, "Hear Me Out"". Pulse NG. 23 February 2021. Retrieved 24 February 2021.
  13. ^ "New EP: Pheelz – Hear Me Out". Bellanaija. 19 February 2021. Retrieved 24 February 2021.
  14. ^ "Pheelz Shares Lyric Video For Uplifting Track "One Life"". Grmdaily. 1 December 2020. Retrieved 24 February 2021.
  15. ^ "Pheelz's 'Hear Me Out' excels on quality songwriting and good production [Pulse 1-Listen EP Review]". Pulse NG. 19 February 2021. Retrieved 24 February 2021.
  16. ^ "Pheelz was very Intentional on 'Hear Me Out' EP [Critical EP Review]". Mp3bullet. 24 February 2021. Retrieved 24 February 2021.
  17. ^ "Pheelz Secures International Record Deal". Cool FM. Retrieved 18 March 2022.
  18. ^ Cabral, R. J. (15 September 2020). "Billboard Global 200". Billboard. Retrieved 20 March 2022.
  19. ^ "Nigeria Entertainment Awards 2014 Nominees List: Davido, Yemi Alade, Others Nominated". tooXclusive. 29 May 2014. Retrieved 17 November 2015.
  20. ^ Oyewusi, Siji (10 June 2014). "Who won what at City People Entertainment Awards 2014". Nigeria Entertainment Today. Archived from the original on 23 January 2016. Retrieved 17 November 2015.
  21. ^ Ade-Unuigbe, Adesola (12 June 2015). "Kiss Daniel, Korede Bello, Falz, Wizkid, Olamide, Davido & More Nominated for the 10th Annual Nigerian Entertainment Awards". BellaNaija. Retrieved 17 November 2015.
  22. ^ "Headies Award 2021 Winners list: Wizkid na Artiste of The Year, Omah Lay win 2020 Next Rated, Fireboy, odas win for di 14th edition". BBC. 21 February 2021. Retrieved 22 February 2021.
  23. ^ "WINNERS 2021". The Beatz Awards. Retrieved 16 May 2022.