Skepta announces release date for first directorial debut


Nigerian-British Rapper Skepta has announced the release date for his first directorial debut.

Skepta has now disclosed that his movie, "Tribal Mark", is set to premiere on January 26 at Everyman Cinema. Produced by Skepta's production company, 1PLUS1, in collaboration with Dwight Okechukwu, the film portrays the poignant journey of a Nigerian immigrant adapting to life in a foreign country.

Additionally, the storyline delves into the realm of an undercover Black Secret Service. The cast includes a diverse group of emerging Black actors, with Jude Carmichael taking on the role of the film's protagonist, Young Mark.

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In addition to his directorial debut, the rapper has also announced his musical comeback with his first single titled 'Gas Me Up' which also be released on the same day as the 'Tribal Mark' movie from his upcoming studio album 'Knife and Fork'. Before the launch of his forthcoming album, it has already sparked online controversy. Skepta has apologized and taken down the artwork for his new single Gas Me Up (Diligent), following allegations that it referenced the Holocaust.

The picture depicted a gathering of men with bald heads, and one of them had the phrase "Gas Me Up" tattooed on his head. Swiftly, individuals began connecting the image to the tragic deaths of Jewish people in Nazi gas chambers during World War Two. Skepta subsequently offered an apology, recognizing the potential for offense caused by the association.