Wrath of the Math

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Wrath of the Math
Studio album by Jeru the Damaja
Released October 15, 1996
Recorded 1995–1996
Genre East Coast hip hop
Length 51:47
Label PayDay/FFRR/PolyGram Records
124 119 (U.S.)
828 846 (international)
Producer DJ Premier
Jeru the Damaja chronology
The Sun Rises in the East
(1994)
Wrath of the Math
(1996)
Heroz4Hire
(1999)

Wrath of the Math is the second album by hip hop artist Jeru the Damaja.

Album information[edit]

The album was completely produced by DJ Premier and continues the themes of Afrocentricity, preserving hip-hop culture, and more about the harms of materialism that were discussed on The Sun Rises in the East.

In its liner notes, it even says, "This album was created to SAVE hip-hop and the minds of the people who listen to it."[1] One significant track that intends to uphold Jeru's vision of hip hop is "One Day," where Jeru tells a story of Puff Daddy, Foxy Brown, and Bad Boy Records kidnapping somebody named Hip-Hop.[1] The Notorious B.I.G. took offense to the song, being that he was signed to Bad Boy Records, and closely affiliated with Puff Daddy and Foxy Brown. Biggie retaliated by throwing subtle jabs at Jeru in the song "Kick in the Door" (which was also aimed at other rap artists as well.) The track "Me or the Papes" contains aim for Puff Daddy, Jeru stating, “My name ain't Puff; I ain't got loot to waste,” to which Puff Daddy didn't respond.

It contains many tracks that are sequels to songs on Jeru's debut album such as "Revenge of the Prophet (Part 5)," "Me or the Papes," and "Physical Stamina," featuring Afu-Ra, the one guest emcee, as he was on Jeru's debut album.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars link
Robert Christgau (1-star Honorable Mention) link
Entertainment Weekly B+ link
RapReviews (9.0/10) link
The Source 3/5 stars link

The album was well-received, but was not as critically acclaimed as his debut album. John Bush of Allmusic was one of the few critics who felt that it was just as strong as Jeru's debut album.[2]

Entertainment Weekly (1/10/97, p. 58)—"Combined with DJ Premier's head-bobbing minimalist funk, Jeru tells it like it is like no other." Rating: B+

Vibe (11/96, p. 153)—"Armed with a prophet's sense of social responsibility, Webster's vocab, and the best beats in the business.... Jeru's at his best...when he fights playa-ism with its most potent weapon: sharply visual, action-packed narrative."

The Source (11/96, p. 132)—3 Mics: Good—"Returning with an unabashed intolerance for the artistic moves of some well-known rap figures...Jeru the Damaja proves that his musical compositions are too mentally stimulating to be ignored."

Melody Maker (12/21-28/96, pp. 66–67)—Ranked #43 on Melody Maker's 1996 list of Albums of the Year.

Track listing[edit]

# Title Songwriters Performer (s)
1 "Wrath of the Math" K.J. Davis, C. Martin *Interlude*
2 "The Frustrated Nigga" K.J. Davis, C. Martin Jeru the Damaja
3 "Black Cowboys" K.J. Davis, C. Martin Jeru the Damaja
4 "Tha Bullshit" K.J. Davis, C. Martin Jeru the Damaja
5 "Whatever" K.J. Davis, C. Martin, M. Small Jr. Jeru the Damaja
6 "Physical Stamina" K.J. Davis, A. Phillips, C. Martin Jeru the Damaja, Afu-Ra
7 "One Day" K.J. Davis, C. Martin Jeru the Damaja
8 "Revenge of the Prophet (Part 5)" K.J. Davis, C. Martin Jeru the Damaja
9 "Scientifical Madness" K.J. Davis, C. Martin Jeru the Damaja
10 "Not the Average" K.J. Davis, C. Martin Jeru the Damaja
11 "Me or the Papes" K.J. Davis, C. Martin Jeru the Damaja
12 "How I'm Livin'" K.J. Davis, C. Martin Jeru the Damaja
13 "Too Perverted" K.J. Davis, C. Martin Jeru the Damaja
14 "Ya Playin' Yaself" K.J. Davis, C. Martin Jeru the Damaja
15 "Invasion" K.J. Davis, C. Martin, C. Mayfield Jeru the Damaja

Samples[edit]

Album singles[edit]

Information
"Ya Playin' Yaself"
  • Released: September 23, 1996
  • B-side: "One Day"
"Me or the Papes"
  • Released: March 11, 1997
  • B-side: "Tha Bullshit," "Me, Not the Paper"

Album chart positions[edit]

Year Album Chart positions
Billboard 200 Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums
1996 Wrath of the Math 35 3

Singles chart positions[edit]

Year Song Chart positions
Billboard Hot 100 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks Hot Rap Singles Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales
1996 Ya Playin' Yaself - 57 20 6
1997 Me or the Papes 99 78 2 26 Billboard Hot 100 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks Hot Rap Singles Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales
1998 One Day - 89 1 -

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Wrath of the Math at CDUniverse.com". Retrieved December 20, 2006. 
  2. ^ "Wrath of the Math at Allmusic.com". Retrieved December 6, 2006.