Maths + English

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Maths + English
Studio album by Dizzee Rascal
Released 4 June 2007
Recorded 2006
Genre Grime, British hip hop, UK garage, electronic
Length 48:46
Label XL, Matador, Definitive Jux
Producer Dizzee Rascal, Shy FX
Dizzee Rascal chronology
Showtime
(2004)
Maths + English
(2007)
Tongue n' Cheek
(2009)
Singles from Maths + English
  1. "Sirens"
    Released: 21 May 2007
  2. "Pussyole"
    Released: 30 July 2007
  3. "Flex"
    Released: 19 November 2007
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 78/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly A−[3]
Robert Christgau (3-star Honorable Mention) [4]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[5]
NME 7/10[6]
The Observer 5/5 stars [7]
Okayplayer 85/100[8]
Pitchfork Media 8.4/10[9]
PopMatters 8/10[10]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[11]
Stylus Magazine C+[12]

Maths + English is the third studio album by British rapper Dizzee Rascal. The album went gold in the UK after selling over 100,000 copies.

Background[edit]

Maths + English entered the UK Albums Chart at number seven, one position higher than his second album, Showtime (2004), which charted at number eight and his debut, Boy in da Corner (2003), which peaked at number 23.

The track "Wanna Be" features guest vocals from English pop singer Lily Allen. It pays tribute to the 1976 musical Bugsy Malone, specifically the song "So You Want to Be a Boxer?" which shares the same musical arrangements for the sections sung by Lily Allen.

Joss Stone was expected to feature on the song "Da Feelin'", but Dizzee Rascal stated that the song sounded too "poppy" with Joss Stone's hook,[13] so she does not appear on the album.

The track "Pussy'ole" is rumored to be a Wiley diss.[14] Wiley responded to the track in a video circulating on YouTube, in which he also takes jabs at rappers Kano and Lethal Bizzle.

American hip hop duo UGK are featured on the track "Where's da G's". In return, Dizzee was featured on the track "Two Type of Bitches" along with Pimpin' Ken on UGK's 2007 album Underground Kingz.

On 29 April 2008 Definitive Jux released Maths + English on their independent label in the United States. The Def Jux version features new studio tracks "G.H.E.T.T.O." and "Driving" as well as a remix of the UGK-assisted "Where's da G's" by Def Jux label head El-P.[15] It does not however contain the track "Pussyole (Old Skool)", due to sample clearance issues.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "World Outside"   3:08
2. "Pussyole (Old Skool) 1,4"   3:28
3. "Sirens"   3:30
4. "Where's da G's" (feat. UGK) 4:54
5. "Paranoid"   2:37
6. "Suk My Dick"   2:59
7. "Flex"   3:31
8. "Da Feelin' 2"   3:57
9. "Bubbles"   3:30
10. "Excuse Me Please"   3:40
11. "Hardback (Industry)"   4:11
12. "Temptation" (feat. Alex Turner) 2:34
13. "Wanna Be 3" (feat. Lily Allen) 3:24
14. "U Can't Tell Me Nuffin'"   3:31
  • 1 Samples Lyn Collins' "Think (About It)" and Galactic Force Band's "Space Dust".
  • 2 Co-mixed by Shy FX.
  • 3 Samples "So You Wanna Be a Boxer" from the film musical Bugsy Malone.
  • 4 Omitted from US version.

Charts[edit]

Charts (2007)[16][17] Peak
position
Australian Albums Charts[18] 120
Irish Albums Chart 57
UK Albums Chart 7
Charts (2009) Peak
position
UK Indie Music Albums Chart 30

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