Stefflon Don – how the rapper’s new video taught a private school a lesson
The Mobo award-winner’s new video has been filmed at London’s Mill Hill School. Featuring spliffs in the dorms, it has left the governors asking staff to see them after class.
- Name: Stefflon Don
- Age: 26.
- Occupation: Musician.
Would that explain his unusual name? Her unusual name, yes. Her real name is not Don anything, but Stephanie Allen.
OK. And for some reason, she admires the Teflon Don, AKA John Gotti, former head of the Gambino crime family? I don’t think so. The name was her manager’s idea. She lives in London, you see, and when you put Steff and London together …
I see. And she’s popular with the kids, is she? Becoming popular, yes. Her melodic fusion of grime, dancehall and hip-hop won her best female at last year’s Mobo awards. She’s not so popular with teachers though.
Well, I hear some rappers’ spelling leaves a lot to be desired. That’s true. But this is more about the video for her new song Pretty Girl.
What’s wrong with it? Here. You can watch it online. As you’ll see, it tells the story of the young Stefflon arriving for her first day at a new girls’ school, where she is immediately picked on by three other pupils.
How mean. After some feuding, things come to a head during an improbably small football match with a lot of jewellery and no goalkeepers.
Those earrings will need taping up before play restarts. Yes. Anyway, Stefflon has a sultry shower afterwards, then she and her enemies put aside their differences over a joint in her room.
OK … It might be based on Stefflon’s own difficult experience of starting at a new school in London when she was 14, after spending most of her childhood in Rotterdam.
Interesting. But look, I agree that the attitude to learning isn’t great, but this is hardly the most shocking music video I’ve ever seen. Not to you, perhaps. The people who are shocked are the authorities at Mill Hill School, a private boarding school in north London, where the video was filmed.
Uh-oh. Didn’t the school know the plot of the video when they hired the place out? Well, they agree they should have done. “Strict controls are in place on the suitability of the content,” a spokesperson told the Daily Mail. “The governors are investigating how this filming was allowed to proceed and apologise for any offence caused.”
But surely smoking spliffs in your bedroom is the quintessential boarding school experience? Not officially it isn’t. In an apparently unrelated development, the head of the school Frances King has since resigned.
Do say Mill Hill School’s motto is “Et virtutem et musas”.
Don’t say Roughly translated, this means: “Take drugs to fit in.”