The New Danger is the second studio album by American hip hop artist Mos Def, released October 12, 2004 on Rawkus and Geffen Records in the United States. The album was also released in Canada and continental Europe through Geffen, and it featured distribution in the United Kingdom on Island Records. It is the follow-up to his breakthrough solo effort Black on Both Sides (1999), after which he further involved himself in a film and stage career.
Upon release, The New Danger received generally mixed or average reviews from music critics, based on an aggregate score of 59/100 from Metacritic. Critics of the album were divided in their responses by its uneveness and sprawl.Uncut gave the album a score of three out of five stars and called it "An experimental and melancholic set."Paste gave it a score of five out of ten and said, "Unfortunately, irrational moments like 'The Rape Over' make you question the entire 17-track outing."Tiny Mix Tapes gave it two out of five stars and said that it "fails to feature as strong a centerpiece."The Austin Chronicle gave it two stars out of five and said it was "as overextended as it is self-indulgent." Steve Jones of USA Today, however, gave the album a score of three-and-a-half stars out of four and said of Mos Def, "His lyrical insights on life, love and politics are equally stimulating. But just being different doesn't always translate into brilliance, as there are long stretches where the charismatic Mos Def fades to the background. Still, his risk-taking venture generally pays off, assuring that he's in no danger of being put into a box."