Wrath of the Math
|Wrath of the Math|
|Studio album by|
|Released||October 15, 1996|
|Genre||East Coast hip hop|
124 119 (U.S.)
828 846 (international)
|Jeru the Damaja chronology|
Wrath of the Math is the second album by the hip hop artist Jeru the Damaja. The album spawned the 2 singles "Ya Playin' Yaself" and "Me or the Papes". The album peaked at number 3 on the US Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums, and number 35 on the US Billboard 200.
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 he 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, as he was signed to Bad Boy Records, and was closely connected with Puff Daddy and Foxy Brown. Biggie retaliated by throwing subtle jabs at Jeru in the song "Kick in the Door" (which was 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 did not respond.
It contains many tracks that are sequels to songs on Jeru's first 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 first album.
|Entertainment Weekly||B+ link|
|The Source|||
Vibe: "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: 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."
- All songs produced by DJ Premier
|1||"Wrath of the Math"||K.J. Davis, C. Martin||*Interlude*|
|2||"Tha Frustrated Nigga" (previously featured on Pump Ya Fist (Hip Hop Inspired By The Black Panthers))||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" (previously featured on New Jersey Drive, Vol. 2)||K.J. Davis, C. Martin, C. Mayfield||Jeru the Damaja|
|"Ya Playin' Yaself"
|"Me or the Papes"
Album chart positions
|UK Albums (OCC)||79|
|US Billboard 200||35|
|US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)||3|
Singles chart positions
|Hot Dance Music/|
|1996||Ya Playin' Yaself||-||57||20||6||1996||One Day||-||89||1||-|
|1997||Me or the Papes||99||78||2||26|
- "Wrath of the Math at CDUniverse.com". Retrieved December 20, 2006.
- "Wrath of the Math". Allmusic. Retrieved December 6, 2006.
- Matt Diehl, "Wrath of the Math", Entertainment Weekly January 10, 1997, p.58)
- Vibe, November 1996, p. 153
- The Source, November 1996, p. 132
- Melody Maker, December 21–28, 1996, pp. 66–67
- "Jeru The Damaja | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart.
- "Jeru The Damaja Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.
- "Jeru The Damaja Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard.