We haven't exactly been shy in expressing our fondness for Dizzee Rascal's Maths + English album. We gave the disc our recommendation when we reviewed it back in June, and it even landed at #49 on our list of our favorite albums of last year (single "Pussyole" made it onto our top songs list at #28) But when XL originally released the album, it wasn't given a physical release in the U.S., just a digital one. It was unfortunate; as our reviewer Nate Patrin wrote, "Dizzee's best prospects for an expanded fanbase may well be across the pond."
Happily, Maths + English is getting another chance, thanks to the good folks at Def Jux. The indie rap powerhouse will issue the album on CD for the first time in the States April 29. (It will also re-release it digitally, as it is no longer available as a download here.)
The Def Jux version will feature 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. All told, it sounds like it was worth the wait.
In other Dizzee news, he's got those dates we told you about recently.
Maths + English (U.S. edition):
01 World Outside
02 Pussyole (Old Skool)
04 Where's Da G's
06 Suk My Dick
08 Da Feelin'
10 Excuse Me Please
11 Hard Back (Industry)
13 Wanna Be
14 U Can't Tell Me Nuffin'
15 G.H.E.T.T.O. [bonus track]
16 Driving [bonus track]
17 Where's Da G's (El-P remix) [bonus track]
Real live Rascal:
01-18 Auckland, New Zealand - Mt. Smart Stadium (Big Day Out Festival)
01-20 Gold Coast, Australia - Parklands (Big Day Out Festival)
01-23 Byron Bay, Australia - Great Northern
01-24 Sydney, Australia - The Metro
01-25 Sydney, Australia - Sydney Showgrounds (Big Day Out Festival)
01-28 Melbourne, Australia - Flemington Racecourse (Big Day Out Festival)
01-30 Melbourne, Australia - The Prince
02-01 Adelaide, Australia - Adelaide Showground (Big Day Out Festival)
02-03 Perth, Australia - Claremont Showgrounds (Big Day Out Festival)
02-15 Preston, England - 53 Degrees
02-16 Newcastle, England - Newcastle Academy
02-17 London, England - Shepherds Bush Empire
02-18 Sheffield, England - Leadmill
02-19 Manchester, England - Academy
02-23 Portsmouth, England - Pyramid