WHO WE BE
Mancunian grime don Bugzy Malone and London dancehall queen Stefflon Don both starred at Spotify Presents: Who We Be last year and picked up the Q Best Festival/Event award on behalf of the organisers.
Hello, Bugzy and Stefflon. How are you finding the Q Awards? Bugzy Malone: I’m just enjoying it, taking it easy – not really venturing out. I’m sat on a table with Tom Grennan, who I’ve worked with before, he’s a good friend of mine. You both picked up the award for Q Best Festival/ Event for Spotify Presents: Who We Be. What are your memories of that show last November? BM: It was a hairy night. The atmosphere was a little bit unexplainable, do you know what I mean? All them people in one room. I remember meeting Mo Farah, Cardi B
performed at the end – the whole thing was just enjoyable from start to finish. Stefflon Don: It was a very big show for me, it was at [ London’s] Alexandra Palace. It was really good. It was tight up, it was fun, the crowd was really interactive, it was a great night. I felt so good because the crowd was giving me so much energy to work off. What did the night say about the state of UK rap and grime? SD: I think it’s wonderful. I think it’s so good and it gets people excited and with something to look forward to. You have a life, you might be going to school, you might be going to college, and then on a random Thursday night there’s this big event going on. Something to do and really energise you for another day.
Bugzy, on your track with Tom Grennan, Memory Lane, you sing a bit of Oasis’s Wonderwall. Have you had the chance to pay your respects to Noel Gallagher this evening? BM: I’ve not bumped into him tonight, but I met him over at a gig in Manchester Arena – his son was a fan. He’s a really nice guy. I think he was probably happy that a Manchester kid was coming through minutes later, Noel comes over and envelopes Bugzy in a bear hug]. You recently won the first “B. Inspired” award for your contribution to the city of Manchester – how does it feel to get a gong from the place you grew up? BM: It means everything – to be recognised by my hometown is a big deal. I actually need to go back and pick it up. Stefflon, what’s next for you musically? SD: Anything that sounds good. I grew up listening to a lot of different things. And I also admire artists who have done a lot of different things. Like Rihanna, for example. She does so many different styles; she can go on a slow jam, she can go on a rap-type [ song] and everything sounds good. I think that’s what I’ve always loved.
“I felt so good because the crowd gave me so much energy to work off.” Stefflon Don
Two for one: Bugzy Malone and Stefflon Don with the Q Best Festival/Event gong; (right) award presenter Novelist.
It’s showtime: Spotify Presents: Who We Be (with Stefflon Don, top, and Bugzy Malone, right) at London’s Alexandra Palace, 30 November, 2017.