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, Birmingham 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 decent holiday romance and “Uber” is as good an ode to app-aided, late-night hookups as we’ve heard. Steff’s favourite, 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.”

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, Birmingham 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 decent holiday romance and “Uber” is as good an ode to app-aided, late-night hookups as we’ve heard. Steff’s favourite, 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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