Nigerian singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Pheelz returns with the soaring floor-filler “YOLO.” An infectious Afrobeats anthem with a powerful message, the global hitmaker’s latest is emblematic of why his music is so captivating: good vibes.
“YOLO” comes on the heels of Pheelz’s acclaimed 2023 EP, Pheelz Good, and is accompanied by a suitably upbeat video.
“I’m chillin’ with the vibe, let me go go go,” the 28-year-old croons over a sea of percussion and choral backup. That leads up to the uplifting chorus: “We only got one life, I believe in YOLO.” Pheelz’s silky smooth vocals effortlessly rides the hip-swinging rhythms, resulting in yet another banger with universal appeal.
The song’s feel-good quality is reflected in the video, which finds Pheelz enjoying the simple pleasures of life — bus rides, blowup pools, and nighttime drives — with his friends.
Pheelz Good has already amassed more than 100 million combined streams. The 8-song set boasts features from Davido (“Electricity”) and BNXN (“Finesse”) and deftly blends Afrobeats bangers with songs rooted in melodic R&B — all of which showcase the rising star’s dazzling versatility and blinding future.
Pheelz was recently named “Artist To Watch” in 2023 by Pandora and Amazon music. After “Finesse” established Pheelz as an international star on the rise in 2022, he built on the momentum with a dazzling set at Essence Fest’s Afrobeats After Dark party in New Orleans and made his US television debut with a performance on NBC’s Late Show with Seth Meyers.
Pheelz was also the first Afrobeats Artist to Perform at the m BET Awards Pre-Show, where he earned a 2022 nomination for Best New International Act.
Pheelz writes with passion and sings from his soul. Over the past few years, the Lagos artist has made songs that blur the boundaries between Afrobeats, R&B, and mainstream pop — using intense emotion and vibrant melody as a force that bridges diverse sounds and styles.
Songs like “Finesse,” featuring fellow Nigerian star BNXN, have started to resonate — bringing Pheelz’ boundary-pushing music and earnest, heartwarming emotion to the top of the charts in the UK and his home country.
Pheelz has become one of Nigeria’s most in-demand producers, working on records for stars like M.I, Mr. Eazi, and more. In 2020, he won Producer of the Year at The Headies—Nigeria’s hip-hop awards—and in 2021, he released his breezy Hear Me Out EP, which earned millions of streams and brought his emotional pop to even more listeners around the world.
Even so, the success of “Finesse” has changed everything for Pheelz, except his mission to put all of himself into his songs. He’s sure that this is just the beginning of a meteoric rise now that he’s inked a deal with Warner Records. “I’ve been plotting for years. I was ready,” he says. “I am ready.”