Pull up a chair and learn about Stefflon Don, the East London lyricist whose genre-crossing talent has allowed her to find a footing in Grime, Hip-Hop, R&B and Dancehall Rap.
Here’s the backstory. Stefanie Allen AKA Stefflon Don was born in Brum to Jamaican parents as one of seven siblings. She moved to the Netherlands with her family when she was five and lived there for eight years; so even though she’s been living in London since she was 14 – she’s fluent in Dutch. She’s a former cake decorator, got her first tattoo when she was 14 AND she’s a mother of one. Respect.
Now that’s out of the way, here’s the title track off Stefflon debut EP Real Ting:
Attention first fell on Stefflon when she remixed “Lock Arff” by Section Boyz putting two of her own intricate verses on the track. She DM’d Inch from the Section Boyz and sent him her version asking if he would like to be in her video of the remix….. the rest as they say is history:
Bursting on to the scene boasting boundless bravado and blue hair – led to a few lazy Nikki Minaj comparisons in the early days, but since then she’s released her own mixtape and has featured on a whole host of big R&B (Angel), Hip-Hop (Jeremih) and Grime (Lethal Bizzle) tracks that demo her versatility and abundant skills. Last year R&B superstar Jeremih enlisted Stefflon’s assistance on his track “London”. London based Hip Hop duo Krept & Konan are also involved in the track but it’s Don who owns the song, commanding the catchy chorus & belting out bars on her own verse. Check it:
Stefflon’s openness to experimentation shines through on the “Real Ting” EP. It shows how she can’t be pigeonholed and her singing is on par with her rapping. She appears more than comfortable throwing down on everything from whomping beats, smooth instrumental arrangements, Jamaican Dancehall and Bam Bam riddim. The future is bright for Stefflon Don.