O2 Forum Kentish Town
8 March

A room full of bad bitches welcome the UK’s reigning queen of rap to take to the stage for the London date of her sold out UK tour. Draped in diamonds and a figure-loving nude leotard, right from the start the ‘The Don’ has the crowd mesmerised with her sexy flow, hard bars and a whole lot of wining.

Staying true to her Jamaican roots, Steff captures the true element of an island girl whilst on stage, delivering a high energy performance made all the more spectacular with her thick thighs and the bright emojis in the visuals behind her. Performing a multitude of fan favourites from 2016’s Real Ting mixtape, Steff’s setlist also includes early tracks launched on platforms like GRM Daily and Link Up TV such as her Uno My Style and Lock Arff remixes, reassuring the fans that grime is where her heart is.

The most amazing part of Steff’s show is the interaction with her fans. Pausing the tune Wobble to call four of fans on stage (one of whom was male), Steff hosts a three-round twerking battle, with both the winner and losers being gifted a prize from The Don herself. During her breakthrough hit Real Ting, she instigates a ladies-only stage invasion to remind everyone that women run the world.

Steff also does very well for surprise guests, with Ms Banks, Krept and Konan, Fekky as well as Raye and Mabel (performing their new collab Cigarette) all sending shockwaves through the venue as they take to the stage. This was my first time seeing a female UK rapper headline her own live tour, and I was truly impressed.

With yesterday being International Women’s Day, I couldn’t think of a better way to spend it than watching a woman who prides herself on being strong, independent and a bad bitch. Stefflon Don is here to stay. All hail the queen.