After a run of excep­tion­al and crit­ic­ally acclaimed singles, St. Bed­lam is back to set the record straight with a new single that sets clear bound­ar­ies “SHELL”.

As an empath­et­ic per­son, St. Bed­lam has often struggled with cre­at­ing bound­ar­ies in the past, this single not only high­lights her struggles but also how she’s been able to grow and over­come them.

As usu­al St.Bedlam effort­lessly brings togeth­er her punchy rhymes, how­ever this single dif­fers from the oth­ers. Its craft­ily layered with har­mon­ies and beefy bridge, show­cas­ing her pre­vi­ous exper­i­ence writ­ing blues, jazz and singing in church choirs.

The concept of “SHELL” comes from an ana­logy the rap­per uses to explain how she relates to her star sign of Can­cer, the crab.

“Ima­gine you’re walk­ing along the beach and pick up a her­mit crab. The longer you poke, prod and shake him for, the longer he’ll stay curled up in his shel­ter. But if you gently hold him in the palm of your hand, even­tu­ally he’ll start to emerge and walk around com­fort­ably. I see myself a lot like that. Don’t shake my shell or I’ll crawl fur­ther inside it. Be gentle with me and you’ll get to know the most out­go­ing, lov­ing friend you’ll ever have,”

“I want people to take away from this song that bound­ar­ies is not a dirty word, and that you have every right to set healthy bound­ar­ies, and be con­fid­ent, pos­it­ive and happy with lay­ing them down,”

The single was pro­duced by South West Sydney pro­du­cer HappyCa­mper and engin­eered by Espa.

As one of the Australia’s most dynam­ic, Queer and exhil­ar­at­ing rap­pers, St.Bedlam cre­ates a path of her own. She con­tin­ues to set the stand­ard at stel­lar levels, “SHELL” brings to light how cre­at­ive and vul­ner­able the rap­per can be.

St.Bedlam has a refresh­ing inter­pret­a­tion of music laden with sauce-packed pres­ence. Lyr­ic­al, emotive and ooz­ing with quirk­i­ness, the Sydney emcee is rap­idly becom­ing recog­nised as one of the most unique artists Aus­tralia has to offer. Pair­ing insane lyr­ic­al abil­ity with a dev­il-may-care demean­our, St.Bedlam takes listen­ers on a mind meld­ing, mis­chiev­ous jour­ney of angst and ima­gin­a­tion with every release. A nat­ur­al per­former, St.Bedlam is known to spit sparks with her elec­tric per­form­ances, turn­ing even the most slug­gish crowd to a chant­ing, fist pump­ing, “liv­ing for the moment” machine.

Listen to the tune here.
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Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal

Edit­or / PR Con­sult­ant at No Bounds
Rishma Dhali­w­al has extens­ive exper­i­ence study­ing and work­ing in the music and media industry. Hav­ing writ­ten a thes­is on how Hip Hop acts as a social move­ment, she has spent years research­ing and con­nect­ing with artists who use the art form as a tool for bring­ing a voice to the voice­less. Cur­rently work­ing in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media know­ledge to I am Hip Hop and oth­er pro­jects by No Bounds.

About Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal
Rishma Dhaliwal has extensive experience studying and working in the music and media industry. Having written a thesis on how Hip Hop acts as a social movement, she has spent years researching and connecting with artists who use the art form as a tool for bringing a voice to the voiceless. Currently working in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media knowledge to I am Hip Hop and other projects by No Bounds.