Stefflon Don wears Mugler


"I think the biggest obstacle was developing
a really strong team around me. I feel like
music is not just about how good you are
personally, it’s more about your team and
what they do. That’s why sometimes you’ll
see certain people saying, ‘Ah they’re really
good, but why ain't they there? Why ain't
they there?’ I’ve learned along the way that
the team is almost as important as the talent."

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.

In conversation with Beenie Man

Photographed by Bartek Szmigulski
Styled by Toni-Blaze Ibekwe
Hair by Wiggin It 
Makeup by Summar Hunjan
Editorial Director Huw Gwyther

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