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Chuck D & Dapper Dan Pay Tribute to Timeless Song by The Temptations
February 7th, 2017

This day in hip-hop throws back to when Chuck D teamed up with Dapper Dan to revisit a classic piece authored by the timeless soul/funk band, The Temptations.

Highly-acclaimed for 60's radio-hits like “My Girl” and “Ain't Too Proud To Beg”, Chuck and Dan leaned more towards a later single “Ball of Confusion (That's What The World Is Today)”. The song initially launched back in 1970, under the branding of the iconic Gordy (Motown) label.

While already applauded as a commercial hit in its time, critics and fans noticed a remarkable deviation in terms of lyrical content and overall theme. Nevertheless, what The Temptations provided was music with a message, and the same holds relevant in the modern era.

Though its covered version launched back in 1995, the message still rings true today. “People movin' out, people movin' in/ Why, because of the color of their skin/ Run,run,run, but you sho' can't hide/ An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth/ Vote for me and I'll set you free/ Rap on, brother, rap on.”

And the two hip-hop stars make sure to capitalize on the song's refrain, “Ball of confusion, that's what the world is today.”

Chuck D and Dapper Dan's timely rendition of The Temptations' “Ball of Confusion” was featured on the album Music From and Inspired By The Promised Land, which released was released in 1995 under Columbia Records.

The album garnered praise not only for its star-clad list of tracks, but for the significant message it sought to convey. The 2-Disc compilation offers audiences to revisit the classics and witness how music in America has evolved over the ages.

By Jods Arboleda for PublicEnemy.com