When it comes to current Urban music men take the forefront. Very few woman who have popped up on the scene have made an impression on rap fans like the men do. It’s a fact. You check the charts, the stats, the ticket sales, men do it better. But times are changing, with the rising stars of Little Simz, Ray BLK, Nadia Rose, IAMDDB, and Lady Leshurr all coming through, it feels like the females are about to change the charts, all led by one woman. Stefflon Don.
Coincidentally her sold-out headline show at Londons Kentish Town Forum fell on International Woman’s Day and it felt extremely fitting. The 2000+ accommodating venue didn’t feel big enough for the mountainous amounts of stage presence and charisma that Stephanie Allen, or more well known as her stage name – Stefflon Don brought to north London that night.
Stefflon brought glitz to the stage as she appeared in a jewelled body suit accompanied by knee high boots and a tumbling platinum weave followed by all-female backing dancers. She breaks boundaries as she reels off her bawdy American gangsta rap lyrics and attitude executed with such glamour and prestige.
Her ‘Intro’ track on her Real Tings Mixtape speaks volumes about the critics’ choice nominee and her style. Lyrics such as “Ghetto but Elegant” and “Why play safe, I got nothing to lose, nah just something to prove” gives you an insight into her unapologetic entrance into the new generation of female MC’s.
The 26 year old rapper brings a blend of dancehall, afrobeats, hip-hop and pop altogether in what felt to be one giant celebration of sexuality and her city. With her gutsy “take me or leave me” attitude it’s no surprise that herself and her music have managed to break out of London and into other countries as she claimed a No 7 spot with her hit single “Hurtin’ Me” in the US. Working with huge names such a Jerimah, Future and Sean Paul, Stefflon continues to spread her unique sound.
The hour long set was filled with guests, glitter, choreography and incredible backing projections which would undoubtably be transferable to arenas ten times the size. Her errorless performance showed powerful potential alongside an empowering taster of what Stefflon Don has to offer, not just to London but the world. She has earned her seat on the throne and won’t be coming down any time soon. The Don is on her dawning.