The James Brown well runs deep! A few years ago I submerged myself and had a ball. Few of my favorites: I Cant Stand Myself (to me underrated awesome drum groove that crazy and even turns into a solo at James' behest, dont turn it loose, cuz its a motha!), Funky Drummer with that awesome breakdown beat that Ive been trying to play for 15 years), Talkin Loud, Papa Dont Take No Mess, The Payback, Cold Sweat, Prisoner of Love....man there are so many, so much awesomeness. My fav drummer of his is Clyde, he's his own funk animal.
A lot of Anika Nilles lately. Her outside the box approach to drums in her songs has me intrigued.
She puts fills where they normally wouldn't be and goes over & under the measures a lot as well.
At first it sounded like she wasn't serving her own songs very well, but now that I've listened to her, I'm hearing her subtle genius.
It's helped me in my own practice as well.