Stephanie Allen aka Stefflon Don first set the underground alight in 2015 with her take on the Section Boy’s street smash Lock Arf. The Clapton rapper has been hot prop ever since, driving grime and rap fans alike wild with her wicked wordplay. Currently readying the release of her new mixtape, Real Ting, Steff is one of the most electric and eclectic emerging acts for 2017. The self-described “girl with the blue hair” is a truly singular proposition; the bilingual, mum-of-one, who both raps and sings, is smart, stylish and witty – a true one-off.
One of seven siblings born in Birmingham to Jamaican parents, Steff has been surrounded by music since the womb. Eschewing any form of 9-5 in favour of being a full-time musician. Steff lives, eats and breathes studio life. “I get depressed when I’m not there,” she laughs. “Dancehall and reggae has been a part of my life since I was young; music is almost like breathing to me, that’s how natural it is, but also how much I need it. I’ve tried other creative outlets, but I am music,” she insists. “I can’t do anything else. I don’t know, or want to be good at anything other than this.”