Kool & The Gang. Nigh everything they've done is enough to make you jump up from your seat, but in off case that "Heaven At Once", "Jungle Boogie", "Hollywood Swingin'"," or "Celebration" weren't awesome enough for you, there's the utterly stunning "Light Of Worlds", with it's children's choir, steady sax, with rapid funk beats pushing you the whole way, all the while giving a message of unity to the world, from the America America forgot. Brilliant.
To be fair, the original always had the same emotional impact in the lyrics, it just played the lyrical dissonance card pretty hard. It's even lampshaded in the song when Andre states that "You all don't wanna hear me, you just wanna dance"
Speaking of OutKast, "B.O.B." might just be the most epic hip-hop song ever written.
Heck, most of Stankonia, especially "Ms. Jackson" though.
Earth Wind & Fire! Even though they're quite old now, good music never, ever gets old. Especially music like theirs. In particular, they were masters at taking sounds, riffs, melodies of all sorts, and making them work and flow together all at once. A perfect mix of soul, funk, pop, jazz and rock, and, most importantly, their words hit you strong. And they weren't half bad in concert either.
The Marshall Mathers LP 2. All of it. Just a few examples:
The 2-part Bad Guy, which is a sequel to "Stan", is mind-blowing. If you can't appreciate the flow, lyricism, and storytelling in this song, you just don't like hip hop.
Groundhog Day is pure vintage Eminem. The youthful nasal flow, quirky lyrics, and long verses are a perfect reminder that Em is finally back to his roots. Too bad it's only on the deluxe edition....
Headlights is an emotional, long-awaiting apology to Em's mother. It is breathtaking.
Survival, arguably the most rock-influenced song Em has ever done, is one of the most aggressive and in-your-face tracks he has ever laid a verse on.
The Monster (ft. Rihanna), hands down one of Em's best songs. It features some of his most aggressive lines and spits in his career, all contrasted with Rihanna's beautiful vocals.
Berzerk is probably his hardest-hitting song, with noticeably angry rapping and a few Epic Riffs here and there. Pure gold.
Even the divisive Encore and Relapse have some gems hidden on them. From the former, you get Mosh, a political Anti-Bush anthem that is one of the angriest songs Em has ever recorded, and from the latter, you get Deja Vu, featuring one of Dr. Dre's best beats to date. There's more, but those are just a few highlights.
Also "Higher Ground". And on the softer side, "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" and "Isn't She Lovely." Although that last might be more Heartwarming, since he wrote it about his daughter (and wrote recordings of her voice into it! Can you say "awwwwww"?)
Hip Hop Artist Jay-Z definitely has a lot of songs like this.
The entirety of rap supergroup Deltron 3030's self-titled concept album. Del tha Funkee Homosapien has never been better.
Internet rapper DZK - known for his sites on YTMND as well as his incredibly vulgar yet witty rap style - gets a CMOA after making "VA Tech Aftermath (Still Ballin')". Written in the wake of the Virginia Tech shootings, it was a response to Cho Seung Hui's anti-capitalism and anti-wealth manifesto. The response? A whole list of ways he'd spend massive amounts of money to spite Cho's senseless violence.
"Fifty In Five", the last track on Hilltop Hood's latest album, is the last fifty years of world history summed up in one five-and-a-half minute track.
Redman's "Let's Get Dirty (I Can't Get In Da Club)" is probably one of the most hardcore party tunes around. Roaring melodies? Check. Redman's signature raging rap? Check. Funky lyrics? Check. This song has everything to put the party people's feet on fire! And the music video (click the link to watch it) pretty much lampshades it.
MC Hammer, though overplayed in his heyday (and today to some extent), has some pretty kickass songs on his underrated The Funky Headhunter, such as "Somethin For The O.G.s", "Oaktown", "It's All That", "Break Em Off Somethin Proper", "Pumps And A Bump", and "Don't Stop".
Public Enemy brought us "Bring The Noise", a song so awesome they sampled it themselves repeatedlyon the same album it first appeared on and was also performed by Anthrax with the original artists!
Oh, the Four Tops..."Reach Out (I'll Be There)" and "Sugar Pie Honey Bunch" are classics, of course, but their lesser-known hits are just as stellar. "Walk Away Renee" is an explosive, rousing rendition of the Left Banke's original, while "Yesterday's Dreams" is so fantastically heartfelt a ballad that it should've been a hit.
Cameo's "Talkin' Out the Side of Your Neck" is an awesome but surprisingly political song from the group that gave us "Candy" and "She's Strange". Then, Texas Southern University's marching band, the "Ocean of Soul", turned it into the theme song of just about every Historically Black College and University Marching Band (and several predominantly black high schools, too!) for about thrity years now.