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"Dangerous" is a hip hop song written by Lawrence Dermer, Trevor Smith, Rashad Smith, Henry Stone and Freddy Stonewall for Busta Rhymes second album When Disaster Strikes. The song is the album's fifteenth track, and was released as its second single, peaking at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance at the 41st Grammy Awards in 1999, but lost to "Gettin' Jiggy wit It" by Will Smith. The video was directed by Hype Williams.[1]

Single by Busta Rhymes
from the album When Disaster Strikes
B-side"You Won't Tell, I Won't Tell / Coming Off"
Released18 November 1997 (US)
30 December 1997 (UK)
FormatCD single
12" single
GenreHip hop
LabelElektra , Flipmode
Songwriter(s)Lawrence Dermer, Trevor Smith, Rashad Smith, Henry Stone, Freddy Stonewall
Producer(s)Armando Colon, Rashad Smith
Busta Rhymes singles chronology
"Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See"
"Turn It Up (Remix)/Fire It Up"

Music and lyricsEdit

"Dangerous" has a rhythm tempo at 103 BPM. The chorus of the song (This is serious/We could make you delirious/You should have a healthy fear of us/'Cause too much of us is dangerous) was taken from a 1983 Long Island Regional Poison Control Council PSA warning children of the danger of loose prescription medications.[2] The rhythm track was sampled from the 1982 song "E.T. Boogie" by the Extra T's.

Music videoEdit

The video takes several cues from Lethal Weapon with Busta made to look like Mel Gibson (Riggs) and Spliff Star to look like Gary Busey (Mr. Joshua). The second verse also references the scene where Riggs is electrocuted, and ends with a confrontation between Busta and himself, this time dressed as Sho'nuff from The Last Dragon.

Formats and track listingsEdit

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "Dangerous".

  • CD single
  1. "Dangerous" (album version)
  2. "Dangerous" (instrumental)
  3. "Dangerous" (a cappella)
  4. "You Won't Tell, I Won't Tell" (unavailable on album)
  5. "Coming Off" (unavailable on album)
  6. "You Won't Tell, I Won't Tell" (instrumental)
  7. "Coming Off" (instrumental)
  • UK CD single
  1. "Dangerous" (album version)
  2. "Dangerous" (Soul Society remix)
  3. "Dangerous" (album dirty version)
  4. "Dangerous" (Natural Born Chillers remix)

Credits and personnelEdit

  • Vocals: Busta Rhymes, Rachelle Weston
  • Audio mixing: Dominick Barbera, Busta Rhymes, DJ Scratch, Vinny Nicoletti
  • Mixing assistant: Rich Tapper, Floyd Nixon
  • Engineer: Vinny Nicoletti
  • Assistant engineers: Tom Passetti, Dave Raythatha

Charts and certificationsEdit


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  14. ^ "Best-Selling Records of 1998". Billboard. BPI Communications Inc. 111 (5): 75. January 30, 1999. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved May 31, 2015.
  15. ^ "American single certifications – Busta Rhymes – Dangerous". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 

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