This is "Thieves in the Night" by Mos Def and Talib Kweli.
It is about the true essence of black people, not what the outer appearance is.
Take note of the lines: "Not strong, only aggressive. Not free, only licensed. Not compassionate, only polite. Now who the nicest? Not good, but well behaved."
Also notice the jazz influence of the instrumental. Good music + thoughtful lyrics = superior rap music like this.
This is "Respiration" by Mos Def and Talib Kweli ft Common. It is describing what New York is like, how the people live, etc.
This is "Definition" by Mos Def and Talib Kweli. This is just a lyrical treat for rap listeners. This is one of those "fast rapping songs". Please read the lyrics along with the song. Think of it as your sheet music to a difficult piece of music.
This is "Dear God 2.0" by The Roots ft Monsters of Folk.
There are no lyrics with this video but this one is slower so you can probably follow it without the lyrics. I advise you to watch the video while listening. This song is about A LOT of the evils of humanity right now and the evils of the music industry. Also notice that there is no cursing in this song.
This is "Ghetto Gospel" by Tupac. It samples Elton John's 1971 hit, "Indian Sunset". Tupac is pretty much begging for an end to street violence for the sake of the younger generation. He believes it is their fault that the current generation is so attracted to violence. The first verse is the most important. No cursing in this song either.
This is "Conflict Diamonds" by Lupe Fiasco. It is about how when we buy jewelry (diamonds) we are fueling genocide and child labor in Africa. There are a lot of historical references to people like Cecil Rhodes. He was probably one of the cruelest men in history. He owned the De Beers diamond company when the Europeans got to South Africa in the 1850's. He used to tell his men to cut off the hands of whoever they shot, to show that they didn't waste any ammunition. A lot of times, they would just cut of the hands of innocent people (often children) because they wanted to fire off a few rounds. (Just a small history lesson). The only curse word is an "F-bomb".
This is "Hip Hop Saved My Life" by Lupe Fiasco. Lupe Fiasco's two albums are a fictional story and in this song it describes how his main character made it out of the ghetto. 1 dropping of the "a" word as far as profanity goes.
This is all that I'm going to post for right now. Anyone is free to give their thoughts on these songs.