There were really multiple paths to what became "hip hop", from underground, to one coming straight from R&B to one with pop elements, hybrids as well.
Today, it is Whodini's contribution to this time period with a driving beat, fantastic premise, space age sound, and a very good rapper.
As you've seen if you have taken even a cursory look at my Top 500, you'll find plenty of variety. Here is another example. When I introduced this song to my kids when they were young, they went head over heels for it. Needless to say, we would have many "Five Minutes Of Funk" sessions, especially driving to school in the morning.
Now, for some help from the maestro, if you please..... :)