Maths + English

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Maths + English
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Studio album by Dizzee Rascal
Released 4 June 2007
Recorded 2006
Genre Grime, hip hop
Length 48:46
Label XL, Matador, Definitive Jux
Producer Dizzee Rascal, Shy FX
Dizzee Rascal chronology
Showtime
(2004)Showtime2004
Maths + English
(2007)
Tongue n' Cheek
(2009)Tongue n' Cheek2009
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]
Blender 4/5 stars[3]
Entertainment Weekly A−[4]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[5]
The Irish Times 4/5 stars[6]
NME 7/10[7]
The Observer 5/5 stars[8]
Pitchfork 8.4/10[9]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[10]
Spin 2.5/5 stars[11]

Maths + English is the third studio album by English 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,[12] so she does not appear on the album.

The track "Pussy'ole" is rumored to be a Wiley diss.[13] 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.[14] 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)" 3:28
3. "Sirens" 3:30
4. "Where's da G's" (featuring UGK) 4:54
5. "Paranoid" 2:37
6. "Suk My Dick" 2:59
7. "Flex" 3:31
8. "Da Feelin" 3:57
9. "Bubbles" 3:30
10. "Excuse Me Please" 3:40
11. "Hardback (Industry)" 4:11
12. "Temptation" (featuring Alex Turner) 2:34
13. "Wanna Be" (featuring 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]

Chart (2007)[15][16] Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart[17] 120
Irish Albums Chart 57
UK Albums Chart 7
Chart (2009) Peak
position
UK Indie Music Albums Chart 30

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Reviews for Maths + English by Dizzee Rascal". Metacritic. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  2. ^ Kellman, Andy. "Maths and English – Dizzee Rascal". AllMusic. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "Dizzee Rascal: Maths & English". Blender (60): 113. July 2007. 
  4. ^ Norton, Maiya (8 June 2007). "Maths & English". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  5. ^ Macpherson, Alex (25 May 2007). "Dizzee Rascal, Maths & English". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  6. ^ Carroll, Jim (25 May 2007). "Hip-hop". The Irish Times. Retrieved 5 October 2017. 
  7. ^ Miller, Alex (1 June 2007). "Dizzee Rascal: Maths + English". NME. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  8. ^ Bainbridge, Luke (20 May 2007). "Dizzee Rascal, Maths & English". The Observer. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  9. ^ Patrin, Nate (15 June 2007). "Dizzee Rascal: Maths + English". Pitchfork. Retrieved 5 October 2017. 
  10. ^ Hoard, Christian (30 May 2007). "Dizzee Rascal: Maths + English". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 14 January 2009. Retrieved 5 October 2017. 
  11. ^ Hogan, Marc (July 2007). "Still Grimy?". Spin. 23 (7): 95. Retrieved 5 October 2017. 
  12. ^ Dizzee's 'too poppy' hit with Joss. Virgin Media (24 May 2007). Accessed 22 May 2008.
  13. ^ Matilda Egere-Cooper (1 June 2007). Interview: Wiley's new album shows he's still a man of the streets. The Independent. Accessed 22 May 2008.
  14. ^ Thompson, Paul (18 January 2008). Dizzee's Maths + English Coming to U.S. Via Def Jux. Pitchfork Media. Accessed 22 May 2008.
  15. ^ Dizzee Rascal - Maths & English - Music Charts. aCharts.us. Accessed 23 May 2008.
  16. ^ allmusic ((( Maths and English > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums ))). AllMusic. Accessed 23 May 2008.
  17. ^ "Pandora Archive" (PDF). Pandora.nla.gov.au. 2006-08-23. Retrieved 2011-12-29.