Skepta Announces New Album ‘Knife And Fork’, Drops First Single ‘Gas Me Up (Diligent)

BY JO Mensah January 4, 2024 11:11 PM EDT
Skepta Photo source: Instagram/@skepta

Rapper and producer Skepta has revealed the title and release date of his upcoming sixth studio album, ‘Knife And Fork’.

The album, which will be his first since 2019’s ‘Ignorance Is Bliss’, is expected to arrive later this year.

Skepta made the announcement on his social media platforms on Monday (January 1), thanking his fans for their support during his hiatus from music.

“It’s been years since I dropped my last album,” he wrote. “I want to thank you for all the love during my hiatus. I’ve seen the messages, tweets and Tik Toks, I’m truly grateful that my music is still resonating with the world, even in my absence.”

He also shared the cover art of the album, which features a close-up of his face with a knife and fork tattooed on his cheeks. The album’s hashtag, #KnifeAndFork, quickly became a trending topic on Twitter, with fans expressing their excitement and curiosity about the meaning behind the title.

Skepta also revealed that the first single from the album, ‘Gas Me Up (Diligent)’, will be released on January 26. The track, which he described as a “banger”, is expected to showcase his signature grime style and witty lyrics. Skepta also hinted that the album will feature some surprise collaborations, saying that he has been working with “some of the best in the game”.

Skepta, who is widely regarded as one of the pioneers and leaders of the UK grime scene, has won several awards and accolades for his music, including the Mercury Prize, the BET Award, and the MOBO Award. He has also collaborated with artists such as Drake, ASAP Rocky, Wizkid, and Gorillaz.