Off the Wall and Thriller and Bad were more entertainment," recalls longtime Jackson engineer Bruce Swedien. "Dangerous and HIStory were more Michael's life story." A product of Jackson switching up his sound to keep up with the R&B of the Nineties, the title track to Dangerous is stark and driving, with vocals that tilt between anger and terror, and lyrics about lust passing over into a "web of sin." The track evolved out of a Bad-era outtake called "Streetwalker" that he revisited and retitled during the Dangerous sessions with co-writer Bill Bottrell. "The music didn't move Michael," co-producer Teddy Riley recalled. "I told Michael . . . 'This is your album. If this is the right tune, I can utilize what you have in your singing. Let me change that whole bottom and put a new floor in there.' He said, 'Try it. I guess we gotta use what we love.' " The resulting tune mixes bright strings (a Jackson favorite) with one of the starkest beats he had ever sung over, a sharp contrast to Quincy Jones' rich, colorful orchestration. Said Riley, "We don't just add music or instruments just to be adding."