Stefflon Don stopped by Hot97 on Wednesday (Nov 8) to chat all things from UK Rap to her own personal journey.
During the interview with Ebro, Laura Stylez and Rosenberg, the British rapper share insights into how she came to be known as “Stefflon Don”, how her journey in UK Rap began; with her siblings playing a massive role and what her plans are for the future.
She also revealed that she dreams of working with Dancehall superstar Vybz Kartel.
Stefflon Don, whose real name is Stephanie Allen, is an exciting, 25-year-old UK MC who raps with wit and ferocity about female empowerment, street life, and sex.
Her brash, charismatic music is marked by authentic injections of Jamaican Dancehall.
In March, she signed a £1.2M deal with Polydor, a part of Universal Music Group.
Watch the interview with Stefflon Don discussing her fast-rising music career!
Stefflon Don’s smash single “Hurtin’ Me” featuring French Montana recently peaked at #7 on Billboard Hot Dance chart and climbed to #1 on UK’s Official Trending chart.
Her success has recently been acknowledged by Future, who invited her to open for his headline show at The O2 Arena earlier this year.
She is currently in the US with the intention of broadening the reach of her music by penetrating the highly competitive US market.
In a previous interview, the rapper said that her unabashed approach to sex in her lyrics originate from Jamaican music.
“It’s part of my culture. I grew up on Jamaican music in my house, and it’s raw about sex,” she told The Guardian.
“I’m not going to compromise or not say what I want for anyone. Anyway, my Britishness waters my music down!” she added.
After first surfacing in 2015 with a cover of Wretch 32’s Six Words, which took the tender ballad and flipped it on its head, she featured on tracks by Lethal Bizzle (Wobble remix), Sneakbo (Work remix) and Angel (Hop On).
Coming full circle, she featured on Wretch’s top five album, Growing Over Life last September, then rounded off 2016 by dropping her debut mixtape Real Ting, being named on the BBC’S Sound of 2017 longlist, and lining up as the single most exciting female MC in the UK rap (as distinct from grime) scene.
Born in Birmingham to Jamaican parents, Stefflon Don spent her formative years in the Netherlands before returning to the UK at 14 when she settled in Clapton, east London.
It was the dance music of the surrounding immigrant communities of Rotterdam, “Portuguese, Suriname, and Spanish,” that tuned her ear, and their sounds can be detected in the way her music differs from conventional Jamaican rhythms.