When I am having a crap day, it's time to take care of it. Dancing. I used to go dancing four nights a week. Reggae, eurobeat, rock, rap, hip-hop, metal. Didn't matter. Sometimes all that matters is moving one's hips, feeling the beat through to the core, connecting to the emotion of the music.
Coolio's Gangsta Paradise makes a sound appearance in The Green Hornet. I would put it in the top 10 rap songs of all time. It gets the hips going and carries a powerful message:
And continuing with rap, I have to put some of Tupac up if I am going to talk about powerful messages. Here's Me Against the World:
And Until the End of Time:
Rhythm and Blues group Sonia Dada has been a favorite for a long time. The vocals on Lover You Don't Treat Me No Good are amazing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9WH8AfakFs
I am going to wander off and listen to some Lucky Dube now. Here's a sample: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Showf0AMk84&feature=related