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Wrath of the Math
Wrath of the Math
Studio album by Jeru the Damaja

Released

15 October 1996

Recorded

1995-1996 at D&D Studios

Genre

Hip hop, East Coast hip hop

Length

51:40

Label

PayDay/FFRR/PolyGram

Producer

DJ Premier (also exec.), The Guru (exec.)

Jeru the Damaja chronology

Previous

The Sun Rises in the East (1994)

Next

Heroz4Life (1999)

Wrath of the Math is the second album by American rapper Jeru the Damaja, released in 1996 on PayDay Records. The album was completely produced by DJ Premier and continues the themes of Afrocentricity, preservation of hip hop culture, and more about the harms of materialism that were first discussed on Jeru's 1994 debut album The Sun Rises in the East. 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 only guest artist featured on the album.

In its liner notes, it states that the "album was created to SAVE hip hop and the minds of the people that 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. Bad Boy Records artist The Notorious B.I.G. took offence to the song, and retaliated by throwing subtle jabs at Jeru on the song "Kick in the Door", which featured attacks on other artists as well.

The album was well-received, but was not as critically acclaimed as his debut album. It peaked at #35 on the Billboard 200, and #3 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.

Track listingEdit

All songs produced by DJ Premier.

No. Title Performer(s) Writer(s) Time
1. "Wrath of the Math" - Davis, Martin 0:57
2. "The Frustrated Nigga" Jeru the Damaja Davis, Martin 3:11
3. "Black Cowboys" Jeru the Damaja Davis, Martin 3:44
4. "The Bullshit" Jeru the Damaja Davis, Martin 2:01
5. "Whatever" Jeru the Damaja Davis, Martin, Small 3:16
6. "Physical Stamina" Jeru the Damaja, Afu-Ra Davis, Martin, Phillips 3:05
7. "One Day" Jeru the Damaja Davis, Martin 2:15
8. "Revenge of the Prophet (Part 5)" Jeru the Damaja Davis, Martin 4:05
9. "Scientifical Madness" Jeru the Damaja Davis, Martin 4:15
10. "Not the Average" Jeru the Damaja Davis, Martin 4:23
11. "Me or the Papes" Jeru the Damaja Davis, Martin 4:26
12. "How I'm Livin'" Jeru the Damaja Davis, Martin 4:23
13. "Too Perverted" Jeru the Damaja Davis, Martin 3:21
14. "Ya Playin' Yaself" Jeru the Damaja Davis, Martin 3:47
15. "Invasion" Jeru the Damaja Davis, Martin, Mayfield 4:40

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