Dangerous (Kardinal Offishall song)

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Dangerous cover.jpg
Single by Kardinal Offishall featuring Akon
from the album Not 4 Sale
Released March 18, 2008
Format Digital download, CD single, 12" single
Recorded 2007
Genre Hip hop
Length 4:11 (Album Version)
3:52 (Radio Edit)
Label Kon Live/Geffen/Black Jays
Songwriter(s) J. Harrow, A. Thiam, D. Sales, C. Bahamonde
Producer(s) DJ Kemo & hAZEL
Kardinal Offishall singles chronology
"Graveyard Shift"

"Graveyard Shift"
Akon singles chronology
"I Can't Wait"
(2008) I Can't Wait2008
(2008) Dangerous2008
(2008) Frozen2008

"Dangerous" is a hip hop song by Kardinal Offishall featuring Akon. Produced by DJ Kemo and hAZEL,[1] it was the first single from his fourth album, Not 4 Sale. It was released to radio in March 2008, and on iTunes on April 1. On the week of May 13, at the American iTunes Store, the song was offered as a free download (Single of the Week). The song won the award for Single of the Year at the 2009 Juno Awards.[2] In March 2010, the single was certified 3× Platinum by the CRIA.[3]

Music video

The music video was shot in Miami, Florida and directed by Gil Green. It debuted in early May on AOL.com. It starts off with a girl (Chanta Patton) passing by Kardinal, Akon, and friends as all of them watch her and follow her. Most of the scenes start by zooming out of objects such as sunglasses, a drinking cup, etc. It has scenes in a restaurant, a club, and a beach. There are cameo appearances in the video by DJ Khaled, Red Cafe, Black Chiney, Clinton Sparks, and many more.

Formats and track listings

CD single

  1. "Dangerous" (Main Version)
  2. "Dangerous" (Remix) (featuring Akon and Sean Paul)

12" single


  1. "Dangerous" (Clean)
  2. "Dangerous" (Remix) (featuring Akon and Sean Paul)


  1. "Dangerous" (Explicit)
  2. "Dangerous" (Instrumental)


There are four official remixes for "Dangerous". The first is a soca remix which uses a different beat, and retains the original lyrics. The second remix features Akon and Sean Paul, using the original beat, with new lyrics by Kardinal and Sean Paul. The third remix uses a different beat, and features Akon, Sean Paul, and Twista. The fourth remix uses a different beat, produced by DJ "Vanguards" and Features Akon and T.O.K.

Chart performance

After being released by the Canadian iTunes Store, the song quickly raced to the top 10 on the Top 100 songs list, peaking at #3. As a result of this, it debuted on the Canadian Hot 100 the following week at #9, and in early July, the song peaked at #2. On the issue date of May 17, the song debuted on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart, making it Kardinal's third single to make an appearance on a U.S. Billboard chart, and his first since "Belly Dancer" in 2003.[4] The following week, the single debuted at #91 on the Billboard Hot 100, and later peaked at #5, making him the first Canadian rapper to have a song chart on the Hot 100. In early October 2008, the single was released in the UK on iTunes. The single achieved moderate success there, peaking at #16 on the UK Singles Chart.

Chart positions

Chart (2008) Peak
Australian Singles Chart 42
Austrian Singles Chart[5] 52
Brazilian Singles Chart (ABPD)[6] 11
Canadian Hot 100 2
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100)[7] 5
Danish Singles Chart 31
French Singles Chart 1
Finnish Singles Chart 1
Norwegian Singles Chart 1
Polish Airplay Charts[8] 4
Romanian Singles Chart[9] 4
Swedish Singles Chart 46
Swiss Singles Top 100 47
UK Singles Chart 16
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 5
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 50
U.S. Billboard Hot Rap Tracks 1
U.S. Billboard Pop 100 1

Year-end charts

Chart (2008) Position
Canadian Hot 100[10] 11
Hungarian Singles Chart[11] 51
US Billboard Hot 100[12] 29

Other appearances

"Dangerous" was featured in a dance routine performed by A.S.I.I.D., in an episode of America's Best Dance Crew. The song was also featured on So You Think You Can Dance Canada, during a hip-hop dance performance by Dario Milard and Romina D'Ugo. It also featured in the closing credits of King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. The "Dangerous" remix, featuring Akon and Sean Paul, is featured in the 2009 video game expansion pack, Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned.


  1. ^ Scratch Korner: DJ Kemo Archived 2008-04-20 at the Wayback Machine. HipHopCanada. Accessed on May 16, 2008.
  2. ^ JUNO Awards 2009 - Nominees[permanent dead link] JunoAwards.ca. Accessed on March 1, 2009.
  3. ^ Gold & Platinum Certifications for March 2010 Archived March 8, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. CRIA. Accessed on May 13, 2010.
  4. ^ Top Music Charts - Hot 100 - Billboard 200 - Music Genre Sales Billboard. Accessed on October 29, 2008.
  5. ^ Austrian Singles Chart Accessed on October 15, 2008.
  6. ^ "Brazil" (PDF). ABPD. October 6, 2001. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  7. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 200841 into search. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  8. ^ "Nielsen Airplay Top 5" (in Polish). Nielsen Music Control. Retrieved 2016-11-18. 
  9. ^ Romanian Top 100 Accessed on October 18, 2008.
  10. ^ "Canadian Hot 100 Year-End 2008". Retrieved 2012-03-29. 
  11. ^ "Éves összesített listák - MAHASZ Rádiós TOP 100 (súlyozott)". Mahasz. Mahasz. 
  12. ^ "Billboard Hot 100 Year-End 2008". Retrieved 2012-03-29. 

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