Today’s Song: Sharifa’s “BEDROOM LIGHT” Is a Dark, Late Night Fever Dream

Sharifa © ​Aubrey Simpson
Sharifa © ​Aubrey Simpson
Born out of the witching hour, Sharifa’s “BEDROOM LIGHT” is a late night fever dream blending hip-hop with alternative stylings into a singular, seductive, and spine-chilling sound.
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I can’t admit it when I’m wrong, I’m always right, but when it gets dark it always hits me in the night…

There’s a reason they call it the witching hour.

But it’s not witches, demons, ghosts, or the supernatural that we should be scared of; rather, it’s ourselves. In the dead of the night, with nothing else to preoccupy our thoughts, our minds wander. Sometimes, they play tricks on us – and sometimes, they dive us deep down the rabbit hole of introspection.

Those are the longest nights of all – and no light, no matter how bright it shines, can keep us out of our own heads. Born out of the witching hour, Sharifa’s “BEDROOM LIGHT” is a late night fever dream blending hip-hop with alternative stylings into a singular, seductive, and spine-chilling sound.

Like a waking nightmare, this track stops us in our tracks, catching us off guard as the artist delves unapologetically into his inner sanctum.

BEDROOM LIGHT - Sharifa
BEDROOM LIGHT – Sharifa
When it hits nighttime, I turn on my bedroom light
It’s another day’s past and I still can’t see no light
I can’t admit it when I’m wrong, I’m always right
But when it gets dark it always hits me in the night, uh
Tell myself I should stop whining
cause I’m sounding like a baby

Then I think about my problems
should I solve them, maybe

Had some people come and go
but feels like they betrayed me

Spend some time alone
and then start calling myself lazy

Independently released August 4, “BEDROOM LIGHT” is the third single of the year from East Midlands-raised, London-based emerging artist and producer Sharifa. Active since his early teenage years (he released a fiery debut EP, 15 AND INSANE, in October 2020), Sharifa has established himself at the midpoint between the hip-hop and alternative worlds. His dark production style aches with an unrelenting weight, conveying both intimacy and intensity as he delivers bars full of angst, reckoning, and reflection.



Following this year’s singles “TOO MUCH” and “WEIRD,” “BEDROOM LIGHT” sees Sharifa at his most confessional as he yearns for connection and catharsis in the middle of the night:

She told me that I should wait there’s better days
I’ll always hold on there’s just something in my brain
I don’t mean to feel this way, wish I could change it
But when a thought comes round my head I feel deranged
I know there’s gon’ be some way out of this hell
I feel so damn blinded there’s no way that I could tell
On my own and I don’t even fuck with myself
All alone tryna figure out if I need your help yeah

“I wrote ‘Bedroom Light’ when it was like 2 AM in the morning,” the 18-year-old artist tells Atwood Magazine. “Some emotions were going through my head when I was lying in bed and I immediately had to get it down. I was going through an unusual time of emotional struggle and uncertainty and was reflecting on that as I wrote the track. There’s a lot of self-reflection, hopelessness, stubbornness and introspection in the lyrics. It was a quick session as I was just in the flow of it and just being honest when writing it.”

“I take a lot of inspiration from my daily life and people I interact with. And surprisingly, also myself. I like to sit back and watch a lot of my own actions and then when I write, I just express it without really thinking about it.”

Sharifa © ​Aubrey Simpson
Sharifa © ​Aubrey Simpson



There’s a lot of self-reflection, hopelessness, stubbornness and introspection in the lyrics.

Beyond the powerful pull of his production, what’s ultimately striking about “BEDROOM LIGHT” is Sharifa’s own achingly raw performance. His diaristic lyrics are vivid and viscerally unfiltered, and he successfully conveys them through emotional vocals that resonate in the dark.

Sharifa may still be a relatively new name, but with finesse like this, we can’t wait to see what he comes up with next. Stream “BEDROOM LIGHT’ wherever you get your music, and stay tuned for more from this hair-raising talent!

When it hits nighttime, I turn on my bedroom light
it’s another day’s past and I still can’t see no light
I can’t admit it when I’m wrong, I’m always right
But when it gets dark it always hits me in the night, uh
Tell myself I should stop whining cause I’m sounding like a baby
Then I think about my problems should I solve them, maybe
Had some people come and go but feels like they betrayed me
Spend some time alone and then start calling myself lazy

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