16 Songs, 48 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

“This is me,” Stefflon Don tells Apple Music. “This is the me I haven’t been in a little while. This is like the cool me. I went back to the old me with this tape.” The London (via Jamaica and Rotterdam) MC feels she has a point to prove with this mixtape — a desire to flex skills last truly seen on 2016’s Real Ting Mixtape. “I’ve always wanted to be a rapper who can sing, not a singer who raps,” she says. “But a tape situation is not as serious as an album. It’s not take-a-year-off-social-media shit.”

This freedom gave Steff the chance to explore the full breadth of her appeal. The hypnotic “Jellio” is a bullish show of braggadocio, “Pretty Girl” should soundtrack any holiday romance and “Uber” is as good an ode to app-aided, late-night hookups as we’ve heard. Steff’s favorite, though? “I love ‘Precious Heavy,’” she says. “It reminds me of Rick Ross. It just feels so gangster. I really want to go to Buckingham Palace and shoot a video with a drone, but my drone would get shot down so that’s probably not happening. I would really love a drone situation.”

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EDITORS’ NOTES

“This is me,” Stefflon Don tells Apple Music. “This is the me I haven’t been in a little while. This is like the cool me. I went back to the old me with this tape.” The London (via Jamaica and Rotterdam) MC feels she has a point to prove with this mixtape — a desire to flex skills last truly seen on 2016’s Real Ting Mixtape. “I’ve always wanted to be a rapper who can sing, not a singer who raps,” she says. “But a tape situation is not as serious as an album. It’s not take-a-year-off-social-media shit.”

This freedom gave Steff the chance to explore the full breadth of her appeal. The hypnotic “Jellio” is a bullish show of braggadocio, “Pretty Girl” should soundtrack any holiday romance and “Uber” is as good an ode to app-aided, late-night hookups as we’ve heard. Steff’s favorite, though? “I love ‘Precious Heavy,’” she says. “It reminds me of Rick Ross. It just feels so gangster. I really want to go to Buckingham Palace and shoot a video with a drone, but my drone would get shot down so that’s probably not happening. I would really love a drone situation.”

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Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
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50 Ratings

Supastar! ✨

AjSummers

Just pre ordered it! Major support for Stefflon Don! You’re so inspirational!

EXCITED

Minajken

I know this is going to go hard BIG UPS TO STEFFLON ❤️💯

🔥🔥🔥

DMDODSON

So good!

About Stefflon Don

Dancehall/rap artist Stephanie Allen (aka Stefflon Don) switches between dancehall patois, grime verses, and honeyed vocals with ease and confidence. Originally born in Birmingham to Jamaican parents, Allen moved to the Netherlands when she was five years old. Her family remained in Holland for nine years before moving to Clapton, East London when she was 14. As Allen grew older she knew she wanted to pursue music, taking on the initial strategy of covering other artists' work and spinning it in new directions; the first two efforts that gained traction came in 2015, when Allen covered Wretch 32's "Six Words" and Section Boyz's "Lock Arff." As Allen became more popular, she collaborated with a number of prominent artists including Lethal Bizzle, Sneakbo, Jeremih, and Wretch 32 on his 2016 album Growing Over Life. 2016 also saw the release of her debut mixtape, Real Ting, which featured Jeremih returning the favor as a guest artist. As 2016 drew to a close, Stefflon Don was highlighted on the BBC's Sound of 2017 list. The following year, Allen signed to Universal Music, which created a new subsidiary -- 54 London -- and made her the first signee. ~ Liam Martin

HOMETOWN
Birmingham, England
BORN
1991

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