Stefflon Don wears Omega and Bulgari

In conversation with Beenie Man

 " So much has changed, from where I live
and my bankbook, to what I’m doing now
and who I am. It’s totally different. I'm just
grateful to be able to even release music
because I know there’s a lot of people in
certain positions who can’t even release,
whoever believed in them before, whether
it’s a label or whatever, they’re just not
there no more; so they can’t even release
a video or they couldn’t even get the
backing. I'm in a space that I'm so
appreciative of – just being able to do
stuff like that."

Even DJ Khalid told me I'm the best/You 
think I'm lying?” Five years after the release 
of her 2016 hit single “Real Ting,” it’s become 
glaringly obvious Stefflon Don wasn’t lying. 
Nor was DJ Khalid. In the last few years, the 
lyrical genius has bagged a million-dollar 
record deal with Universal, three more-than-
deserved MOBO nominations and collaborated 
with some of the industry’s biggest stars – 
from Drake to Doja Cat. Staggeringly, all before 
dropping her sophomore album. Now with new 
genre-bending EP “Island 54” on the horizon, 
Don is picking up where she left off and 
continuing her catapult to superstardom as 
rap’s fiercest, and most versatile contender. 
Covering our Summer issue, Don talks to 
Dancehall’s King, Beenie Man, about the biggest 
obstacles she’s faced in her career, that on-stage 
surprise with Lil’ Kim, the importance of 
empowering Jamaican artists and how you’re 
only as strong as your team.

Photographed by Edward Cooke
Styled by Holly White
Hair by Halley Brisker at The Wall Group
Makeup by Amanda Grossman at The Only Agency
Styling Assistant Imy Moore
Editorial Director Huw Gwyther
Art Director Olivia Woodgate
Retouching by Jody Brock
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