Stefflon Don

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Stefflon Don
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Don in 2018.
Background information
Birth nameStephanie Victoria Allen
Born (1991-12-14) 14 December 1991 (age 27)
Birmingham, England
GenresHip hop
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • singer
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2015–present
Labels
Associated actsTory Lanez, Drake

Stephanie Victoria Allen (born 14 December 1991), better known by her stage name Stefflon Don, is a British rapper from Hackney, London. She is best known for her 2017 single "Hurtin' Me" featuring French Montana, which peaked at number 7 on the UK Singles Chart. In 2016, Stefflon Don released her debut mixtape Real Ting, followed by another mixtape, Secure, in 2018.

Early life[edit]

Stefflon Don was born in Birmingham, England. She is of Jamaican descent.[2] She has six siblings. When she was four years old, her family moved to Rotterdam, Netherlands,[2][3] but at the age of fourteen, she returned to Britain to study at a London school.[2][3]

She worked as a cake decorator and hairdresser before her career in music.[2]

Career[edit]

2015–2017: Career beginnings and Real Ting[edit]

Don first surfaced in 2015 by releasing a cover of Wretch 32’s "Six Words," and went on to be featured on tracks such as Lethal Bizzle's "Wobble," Sneakbo's "Work" remix and Angel's Hop On.[4] Don made her first appearance on an American song with the track "London" by singer Jeremih,[5] and was later featured on Lil Yachty's "Better" from the album Teenage Emotions. On 16 December 2016, Don released her first mixtape titled Real Ting.

In the spring of 2017, Don was signed to 54 London, a subsidiary of Universal Music Group that was created just for her.[4] A few months later, she was featured on the dancehall track "Instruction" with Jax Jones and Demi Lovato. The trio performed the song live for the first time in June 2018 at the Summertime Ball.[6]

On 15 August 2017, she released the lead single "Hurtin' Me" with American rapper French Montana from her debut EP titled Hurtin' Me - The EP, which reached number 7 on the UK Singles Chart. The EP was later released on 12 January 2018.[7]

On 29 November, Don took home the award for Best Female at the 2017 MOBO Awards.[8]

2018: Secure[edit]

In March 2018, Don appeared on the front cover of the final print edition in the 66-year run of NME.[9]

In March 2018, Don was featured on the remix for American singer Halsey's "Alone" along with American rapper Big Sean. The song peaked at 66 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming her first entry on the chart, and also earned Don her first Dance Club Songs number one. The music video was released on 6 April 2018.

In June 2018, Don was included in the XXL Freshman Class.[10]

On 17 August 2018, Don released her second mixtape Secure.[11]

Discography[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Stefflon was nominated at the 2018 BET Awards in the "Best International Act" Category.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stefflon Don - Motown Records". Motown Records.
  2. ^ a b c d "9 Things You Need To Know About Stefflon Don". MTV UK. Retrieved 15 October 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Stefflon Don on bubbling, family and why her house is the place to be". HungerTV. Retrieved 16 October 2017.
  4. ^ a b Kieran, Yates. "Stefflon Don: 'I'm not going to compromise, or not say what I want'". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Jeremih releases 'London' video featuring Stefflon Don and Krept & Konan". 14 December 2016.
  6. ^ "Jax Jones feat Demi Lovato & Stefflon Don – 'Instruction' (Live At The Summertime Ball 2018)". Capital FM. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  7. ^ Fresh, Mikey. "Stefflon Don Teams Up With French Montana On "Hurtin Me"". Vibe. Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  8. ^ Bruce-Jones, Henry. "Stefflon Don releases new mixtape Secure". Fact Mag. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  9. ^ "NME's most memorable front covers as it prints for the last time". BBC News. 9 March 2018. Retrieved 3 November 2018.
  10. ^ "XXL 2018 Freshman Class Revealed". XXL. 12 June 2018. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  11. ^ Seabrook III, Robbie (8 August 2018). "Stefflon Don Channels Lil' Kim on Cover of 'Secure' Mixtape". XXL. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  12. ^ "News: Vote: BET Awards Best International Act". BET Africa. 15 May 2018.