Dangerous (Busta Rhymes song)

Single by Busta Rhymes
from the album When Disaster Strikes
B-side You Won't Tell, I Won't Tell / Coming Off
Released 18 November 1997 (US)
30 December 1997 (UK)
Format CD single
12" single
Recorded 1997
Genre Hip hop
Length 3:37
Label Elektra, Asylum, Flipmode
Writer(s) Lawrence Dermer, Trevor Smith, Rashad Smith, Henry Stone, Freddy Stonewall
Producer(s) Armando Colon, Rashad Smith
Certification 3x Platinum (RIAA)
Busta Rhymes singles chronology
"Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See"
"Turn It Up (Remix)/Fire It Up"

"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.

Music and lyrics

"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.[1] The rhythm track was sampled from the 1982 song "E.T. Boogie" by the Extra T's.

Music video

The video takes several cues from Lethal Weapon with Busta made to look like Mel Gibson (Riggs) and Spliff Starr 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 listings

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

  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)
  1. "Dangerous" (album version)
  2. "Dangerous" (Soul Society remix)
  3. "Dangerous" (album dirty version)
  4. "Dangerous" (Natural Born Chillers remix)

Credits and personnel

Charts and certifications

Weekly charts

Chart (1998)[2][3][4][5] Peak
Dutch Single Top 100 84
Germany 65
New Zealand 11
UK Singles Chart 32
UK R&B 5
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 9
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 4
U.S. Billboard Hot Rap Singles 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 1
U.S. Billboard Rhythmic Top 40 31

Year-end charts

Chart (1998) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[6] 80


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[7] Gold 600,000[8]


  1. Weitner, Sean. "The Long Island Regional Poison Control Council's "Dangerous"". Retrieved 2007-02-22.. The video is available here on YouTube.
  2. "Dangerous chart statistics". Retrieved 2007-10-29.
  3. "Dangerous chart statistics on Billboard". Retrieved 2007-10-29.
  4. "Dangerous chart statistics on Top40-charts.com". Retrieved 2007-10-29.
  5. "Dangerous chart statistics on allmusic.com". Retrieved 2007-10-29.
  6. "Billboard Top 100 - 1998". Retrieved 2010-08-28.
  7. "American single certifications – Busta Rhymes – Dangerous". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  8. "Best-Selling Records of 1998". Billboard. BPI Communications Inc. 111 (5): 75. January 30, 1999. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved May 31, 2015.

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