LAST WORD: STEFFLON DON
Steff lon Don The Queen of Dancehall discusses cupcakes, finger tattoos and shoplifting water pistols.
The Queen of Dancehall on cupcakes, finger tattoos and speaking Dutch.
When did someone last call you Stephanie? Whenever somebody says that, I straightaway look at them like, “Oh my gosh!” Because nobody calls me Stephanie, apart from my mum. When did you last get inspiration for a song? Last night, actually. I was around the kitchen table with my mates, freestyling. I recorded it onto my phone so now I’ve just got to go into the studio and lay it down. When did you last get nervous? I don’t get nervous very often, but I do get nervous imagining meeting Lil’ Kim. We’ve not met, but we do talk via messaging. To me it’s just crazy you see someone like her when you’re a kid and growing up and they’re still around now and you can actually interact with them. She’s such a legend. When did you last break the law? Oh my gosh, you can’t snitch on me if I say this! I dunno, can’t remember… Maybe it was in school when I stole from the shop and got caught. It was summertime and me and my brothers didn’t have any money but we really wanted some water pistols. So we ran into this shop, grabbed the pistols and ran out. However, our plan totally backfired as the security saw us running and jumped on us, hahaha! That was so crazy. They took us into the back room of the shop to take our pictures and we were just like doing these poses. They showed us photos of other people they’d caught and we were like, “Yeah, I know this person, and this one…” It was actually quite funny. When did you last bake a cake? I made some cupcakes recently. I love baking and used to watch The Great British Bake Off all the time when I worked in a cake shop. But I can tell you, the people on that show are on such a higher level than me that they made me look like a beginner. Back then I did think, “Why don’t I go on …Bake Off – I’d be good?” I hope I would’ve been! What was the last tattoo that you had? I had one done on my finger last Tuesday. It says Real Ting, which is the name of my first single and mixtape. Tattoos on your finger kind of hurt. When did you last get mad? Oh, yesterday. I had a little get-together at my house and my friend was ill from drinking too much and eating too much tacos. He decided to be sick all over my bathroom tiles. I was a bit mad, but not for long. What’s the last book you read? I’m re-reading a really good book about the power of the law of attraction. I’ve learnt that you can control your emotions through your thoughts, so if you change your thought process, you can actually alter the way that you feel about something. When did you last eat meat? About six or seven months ago, I ate fried chicken. I was a pescatarian before that for over a year, then I relaxed, then I went back. So now I’m a pescatarian again. [ Starts rapping] “I just normally eat, but without the meat…” I enjoy cooking but I can’t say I’ve really mastered how to cook vegetarian food yet. When did you last speak Dutch? Earlier today. I lived in Rotterdam from age four to 14, and my sisters and brothers speak it, so I’m talking Dutch all the time. But I’ve not been back to the Netherlands for a long time.
When did you last dye your hair? I actually dyed it black a couple of months ago. It was going a bit brown, which is my natural hair colour, so I thought if I dyed it black it’ll go a bit more shiny and healthy. I used to be a hairdresser, so I do it myself on some occasions. When did you last cook a meal for someone? I made breakfast this morning for my family. Omelette and toast. Delicious. What’s the last thing you’d do before the apocalypse? Find my nine-year-old son and my mum. And be with them. What’s the last thing you think about before going to sleep at night? How to accumulate more money, haha! Does that keep me awake at night? No.
Stefflon Don, aka Stephanie Allen, wigs out.