Wrath of the Math
|Wrath of the Math|
|Studio album by Jeru the Damaja|
|Released||October 15, 1996|
|Genre||East Coast hip hop|
124 119 (U.S.)
828 846 (international)
|Jeru the Damaja chronology|
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." 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. 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.
|Entertainment Weekly||B+ link|
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.
- All songs produced by DJ Premier
|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|
Wrath of the Math
The Frustrated Nigga
Revenge of the Prophet (Part 5)
Me or the Papes
How I'm Livin'
Ya Playin' Yaself
|"Ya Playin' Yaself"
|"Me or the Papes"
Album chart positions
|Billboard 200||Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums|
|1996||Wrath of the Math||35||3|
Singles 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|