- Audio CD (4 Jun. 2007)
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Maths and English
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"The most complete, intense and thrilling British hip hop record ever made" - Observer Music Monthly. Dizzee Rascal's Mercury-Prize winning debut 'Boy In Da Corner' and 2004's critically acclaimed follow up 'Showtime' cemented him as the UK's leading MC and one of the most talented lyricists ever. Both albums catapulted Dizzee Racal to the forefront of modern popular culture and cemented his status as one of UK music's leading figures. 2007 then sees Dizzee Rascal return with new album 'Maths & English'. On the one hand it's easily his most accessible record to date. On the other, it's as brutally honest and confrontational as anything he's ever done. Check out first single 'Sirens' - with it's explosive and provocative video and Korn-inspired metal guitars. It's already the UK's answer to Jay-Z's '99 Problems'. Or the Lyn Collins-sampling 'Pussy'ole', which is the straightest hip hop track he's ever done. The album also features a host of special guests, including the vivacious backchat of Lily Allen on 'Wanna Be', the Shy FX-produced 'Da' Feelin', and the gangster rap anthem 'Where's Da G's' with US legends Bun B and Pimp C (UGK). Then there's the reggae infused 'Temptation' which samples Alex Turner of the Arctic Monkeys. While 'Maths & English' may have been inspired by a huge number of different styles and influences, the album retains its distinctively British identity and only goes to enhance that Dizzee Rascal really is one of the greatest musical talents Britain has ever produced. "Expect this to crush housing tenements and indie discos beneath its box-fresh Adidas" - NME.
History has proven the U.K Garage Committee to be an ill-fated musical alliance. Self-appointed lords of the dance; MC Creed, Norris 'Da Boss' Windross and the Dreem Teem's attempts in 2000 to defend the garage scene from a new wave of teenage MC's and producers inadvertently incubated a new underground movement.
8 years later it's a bittersweet victory for the upsetters. Gone are the UKG old guard. The 18 year-olds have grown up. Some have disappeared, others are in West End musicals and a handful lit the touchpaper of the most exciting yet troubled sound to emerge from British streets in decades. Yet those who dreamt the advent of grime would at last present a ground-breaking alternative to uninspiring Brit-rap were maybe mistaken.
So here's Maths And English. Perhaps for the 21 year-old from Bow it's a wise reaction to a grime scene that, after brief mainstream successes (Lethal Bizzle, Roll Deep, Kano), is back underground, thwarted by negative press, politics, insufficient backing and poor quality control. As lead single ''Sirens'' suggests, a change of direction is on the cards. Dizzee's third is, bar a few exceptions, a hip-hop record with the world in its sights.
''Pussyole (Old Skool)'' is the most accessible song he's ever recorded; a club track with a Wiley-alluding second verse diss. Following dreamy opener ''World Outside'' - 'There's a world outside of the manor' - Dizzee's in party mode, introspection in moderation. It sets the tone for the rest of the album. ''Sirens'', despite all the gushing enthusiasm in the broadsheet press, is basically NWA's ''Staight Outta Compton''!with more guitars.
Southern rap legends U.G.K bring heat to ''Where Da G's''. Coming in like the kind of sparse, futuristic track at home on Boy In Da Corner before building, over swathes of crunk synths, into a U.K rap track you can actually imagine dropping in a Houston club.
Sidestepping Shy Fx-produced ''Da Feelin'' - genre-hopping showing it's limitations - the Jazze Pha-esque (Ciara, Ludacris) ''Flex'' and the Bugsy Malone-sampling ''Wanna Be'' are both sure fire hits. Dizzee's ear for a pop hook is more acute than ever.
With the exception of the brooding finale ''You Can't Tell Me Nuffin'' this is a bid for the big time. If that means leaving behind the insular scene that bore him then so be it. Not that it really matters. As if pre-empting the tedious calls of sell-out, on ''Bubbles' he states: 'Underground or overground, what's the difference? I'm the king'. He's yet to be proven different. --Alex Forster
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Top customer reviews
If you're looking for true big clash grime, with pure hate lyricsc you may well be disappointed. This is Dizzee at his best - establishing his own unique sound - though the roots of the beats and lyrics can not be denied!
Yes, this album is different to the past two - but its always all about developing, evolving and pushing the underground music scene forward. Dizee we salute you! Keep doing your thing, keep doing it real, and definatly keep doing it your way! Big up!
Of course there are still those old "gang violence" references in full flow but the juxtaposition of these references and lyrics such as "Pull your trousers up!... Read a book!... Find a pretty girl and settle!" make for an exhillarating listen, even if at times the ideas seem to jar.
Crucially though, there are a number of fantastic moments on this album.
Chief one is Pussyole, which is the finest songs of any genre that I've heard in quite some time, and excitement is also to be found on the likes of Sirens (think Jay Z's 99 Problems set in London) and Where's Da G's (which talks about "fake aggression" on the streets and includes the "find a pretty girl and settle" line quoted earlier).
As for the Allen and Arctic Monkeys tie-in's, they're good, but don't match up to the best moments on the album. And if I'm being really honest, Allen's appearance here grates on me for some reason.
And on the whole this is a remarkable album. The variety of it may surprise some, but it provides the album with the magic that makes it pretty irresistible.
I think firstly I should point out that, there is not one song on the album I don't love!
He's back with bigger, better beats- even better, if possible, than `Boy in the corner'.
My particular favourites Lily Allen remix `wana be', `flex', `sirens' and `bubbles'.
This album is a guaranteed amazing buy, one of the best albums you could ever buy, one of the best albums you could ever get.
Even though I have heard, and listened to the songs over and over again, I am yet to be bored, its just one of those albums you will always love.
Dizzee is definitely flaunting his potential in this album, and is showing us yet again Britain holds one of the most desired rappers in the world.
Dizzee has always been a favourite of mine and after you listen to this album, I bet he will be yours too.
Some great tracks on here but, maybe it's because I'm not so into house music (although I do love the Summertime one) but it doesn't really seem to hold together. I'll allow him the gimmicky Lily Allen one as he had 'Dreams' on his last album and didn't let it ruin the whole concept, but the Artic Monkey's track doesn't quite work.
Sort of going back to 'Boy in Da Corner' in the way it is pretty sketchy but with some great tracks like 'Pussyole', 'Where's Da Gs', 'Sirens' and Bubble.
Worth a listen but not quite the step forward I was hoping for
This album is much better than his previous release (Showtime) and could also give 'Boy In Da Corner' a run for its money.
Buy the album and see for yourself as I think you'll be pleasantly suprised...
Stand out tracks =
Temptation (ft. Alex Turner 'Arctic Monkeys')
Wanna Be (ft. Lily Allen) - personal favourite.