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Essential Listening: Stefflon Don

Essential Listening: Stefflon Don

Andrew Kemp | Features & Interviews

One of the biggest new grime stars, Stefflon Don has been absolutely smashing it in late 2016 and the first few months of 2017, and is now looking like she’s ready to dominate the festival circuit this summer. A talented lyricist with destructive delivery and no shortage of self-confidence, easy comparisons to Nicki Minaj have come in swathes, but Stefflon’s batting them out of the park as she carves out a style of her own. Born to two Jamaicans in Birmingham, schooled in Rotterdam, and now based in London, Stefflon Don brings together plenty of influences in her tracks, providing heat with plenty of spice in whatever way she wants.

If you’ve missed her so far, miss her no more; here are the essentials.

16 Shots
Kanye has no qualms about saluting his ma, so why should Stefflon Don? An ode to the real gangster of her family, “16 Shots” sees the MC throw the full weight of her Jamaican heritage at the mic, with a popping rhythm section firing off clips at a half pace as Stefflon goes in with her most explosive ammunition.

Stefflon-don x Inch (Section Boyz) - Lock Arff Remix
The track that got her noticed, Stefflon’s remix of Inch’s “Lock Arff” was written and filmed inside a week, with a quick DM to the Section Boyz rapper recruiting the main man for the video. A single verse was all it took for the new girl on the scene to assert herself as a rapper with sights set for the big league.

Stefflon Don ft Abra Cadabra - Envy Us
Abra Cadabra makes a worthy foil for Stefflon Don in this one, which pits the two vocalists against one another to create a laidback jam with plenty of soul behind it. The open percussion of “Envy Us” pushes things along, but this one doesn’t carry the furious intensity of much of her other hits. A pure slow jam made for summer weather.

Real Ting
2 million views and counting, “Real Ting” opened up her mixtape of the same title, quickly asserting itself as a proper grime banger. Stefflon lacks no confidence, and “Real Ting” shows why that vital touch of arrogance isn’t misplaced.

Cho - Popalik ft. Stefflon Don
The talented producer Spanker delivers proper bumping trap on the Cho track, with Stefflon Don and Popalik switching up the flows with English and Dutch both hitting like a freight train. There’s plenty of fight about Cho, but it takes a lot to match Stefflon’s mad power.

Stefflon Don plays at a variety of events this summer, with a stop at Common People in Southampton on Saturday 27th May kicking things off before trips to Ibiza Rocks Hotel, Wild Life Festival and Parklife in June. July will also see her commanding the stage at both Wireless in London and MADE Festival Birmingham.

Photo courtesy of Purple PR

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