The New Danger

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The New Danger
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Studio album by Mos Def
Released October 12, 2004
Genre Hip hop, black rock
Length 74:51
Label Rawkus, Geffen
Producer Mos Def, Easy Mo Bee, Kanye West, 88-Keys, Minnesota, Warryn Campbell, Psycho Les
Mos Def chronology
Black on Both Sides
The New Danger
True Magic

The New Danger is the second studio album by American hip hop artist Mos Def. It is the follow-up to his breakthrough solo effort Black on Both Sides (1999), after which he devoted more time into his film and stage career.[1] The New Danger was released in October 2004 to generally mixed reviews and eventually sold 513,000 copies.


Production for the album was handled by Mos Def, Kanye West, 88 Keys, Minnesota, Warryn Campbell, and Psycho Les. It also features contributions from Mos Def's rock musical project Black Jack Johnson, which was named after boxing champion Jack Johnson and consists of guitarist Dr. Know, keyboardist Bernie Worrell, bassist Doug Wimbish, and drummer Will Calhoun.[1]

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[2]
Blender 3/5 stars[3]
Entertainment Weekly C+[4]
The Independent 5/5 stars[5]
NME 7/10[6]
Pitchfork 5.4/10[7]
Q 2/5 stars[8]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[9]
Spin B[10]
The Village Voice A−[11]

The New Danger was released by Geffen Records on October 12, 2004, in the United States and October 18 in the United Kingdom.[12] It debuted at number five on the Billboard 200 in its first week,[13] and by March 2014, it had sold 513,000 copies in the US.[14]

The New Danger received generally mixed reviews from critics; it holds an aggregate score of 59 out of 100 at Metacritic.[15] Blender called it "mushily sentimental, self-righteously indignant and constantly in your face",[3] while AllMusic's Andy Kellman said it was "a sprawling, overambitious mess".[2] New York magazine panned the album as "an unsatisfying muddle of protest music, black rock, and rap".[16] In The New York Times, Kelefa Sanneh wrote that the record suffered from extended soul songs that meandered, dull rock songs, and some raps such as "The Rap Over" that were devoid of Mos Def's usual "warmth and wit".[17] NME deemed some of the songs failed experiments but also highlighted "Boogie Man Song", "Modern Marvel", and "Champion Requiem" as more timeless material.[6] Rolling Stone critic Tom Moon was more enthusiastic, hailing the album as an "earthy, impressively diverse" work that showcased Mos Def's abilities to "create deeply nuanced characterizations" and "broaden the hip-hop palette without sacrificing, or selling out, its core ideals".[9] Writing for The Village Voice, Robert Christgau said while Mos Def's past records were driven by his "verbal flow", The New Danger was more interesting musically and defined by its sonic flow, which Christgau described as "a shadowy, guitar-drenched tone poem of the streets".[11] In his ballot for the annual Pazz & Jop critics poll, he named it the 19th best album of 2004.[18]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "The Boogie Man Song"   Mos Def, Raphael Saadiq 2:22
2. "Freaky Black Greetings"   Mos Def 2:20
3. "Ghetto Rock"   Minnesota 3:53
4. "Zimzallabim"   Easy Mo Bee, Mos Def 3:41
5. "The Rape Over"   Kanye West 1:34
6. "Blue Black Jack" (featuring Shuggie Otis) Minnesota 5:47
7. "Bedstuy Parade & Funeral March" (featuring Paul Oscher) Mos Def 4:32
8. "Sex, Love & Money"   Warryn Campbell 4:09
9. "Sunshine"   Kanye West 4:25
10. "Close Edge"   Minnesota 3:10
11. "The Panties"   Minnesota 4:11
12. "War"   Mos Def, Psycho Les 3:07
13. "Grown Man Business (Fresh Vintage Bottles)" (featuring Minnesota) Minnesota 3:24
14. "Modern Marvel"   Minnesota 9:19
15. "Life Is Real"   Molecules 3:11
16. "The Easy Spell"   Mos Def 5:32
17. "The Beggar" (featuring Paul Oscher) Mos Def 5:19
18. "Champion Requiem"   88-Keys 4:52

Notes: The UK Edition bonus track is also featured on his 2007 compilation album, Mos Definite.


Chart (2004) Peak
French Albums Chart[19] 103
Swiss Albums Chart[20] 50
UK Albums Chart[21] 56
US Billboard 200[22] 5
US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[23] 2
US Billboard Top Rap Albums[24] 1
Year Title
2004 "Sex, Love & Money"
"Close Edge"



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  2. ^ a b Kellman, Andy. "The New Danger - Mos Def". Allmusic. Retrieved on 2009-09-25.
  3. ^ a b Blender. New York: 138. November 2004. 
  4. ^ Fiore, Raymond. "Rap's Mos Valuable Player". Entertainment Weekly: October 22, 2004.
  5. ^ Quinn, Anthony (2004-10-29). "Album: Mos Def (The New Danger)". The Independent. Retrieved on 2009-09-25.
  6. ^ a b NME. London: 51. October 23, 2004. 
  7. ^ Warren, Jamin (2004-10-18). "Mos Def: The New Danger". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved on 2009-09-25.
  8. ^ "Review". Q. October 2004. p. 124. 
  9. ^ a b Moon, Tom (2004-10-28). "Mos Def: The New Danger : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2008-02-03. Retrieved 2013-01-22. 
  10. ^ Caramanica, Jon (October 2004). "Reviews". Spin. p. 115. 
  11. ^ a b Christgau, Robert. "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice: November 2, 2004. Retrieved on 2009-09-25.
  12. ^ Heaton, Dave (October 27, 2004). "Mos Def: The New Danger". PopMatters. Retrieved June 5, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Billboard Bits: Mos Def, Eddie Vedder, Tim Booth". Billboard. October 21, 2004. Retrieved June 5, 2016. 
  14. ^ Baker, Soren (March 7, 2014). "50 Cent Leaves Interscope: How Nas, Busta Rhymes, Ghostface Killah & Mos Def Fared After Leaving Their Longtime Label Homes". HipHopDX. Retrieved June 4, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Critic Reviews for The New Danger". Metacritic. Retrieved on 2009-09-25.
  16. ^ New York, Volume 37, Issues 38-46, pg. 108
  17. ^ New York Times review
  18. ^ Pazz & Jop 2004: Dean's List
  19. ^ "Discographie Mos Def". (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved June 18, 2012. 
  20. ^ "Discographie Mos Def". (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved June 18, 2012. 
  21. ^ Mos Def albums peak chart position in United Kingdom: The New Danger: "Mos Def". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 18, 2012. 
  22. ^ "Mos Def Album & Song Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved June 18, 2012. 
  23. ^ "Mos Def Album & Song Chart History: R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved June 18, 2012. 
  24. ^ "Mos Def Album & Song Chart History: Rap Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved June 18, 2012. 

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