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Best Songs of 2013, Pt. 3 (Best of the Booth)

Cast your vote for the best Rap and R&B/Pop Records of 2013!

Over the course of the year, we in

The DJBooth

have kept you supplied with the latest and greatest in hip-hop and R&B. Now, it's time for you to weigh in. In anticipation of our sixth annual

Best of the Booth Awards

, we're inviting our loyal readers to tell us which artists, albums, mixtapes and DJs stood out in 2013. Using your ratings, feedback, plays, downloads and pageviews, we've assembled a slate of eight front-runners in each of our 19 categories. At the top of 2014, we'll reveal your votes for the year's best, as well the Booth staff's personal picks.

Unlike in previous years, we'll be opening the polls gradually, over the course of this week. Starting Friday, December 6, and continuing on the 9th through the 13th, we'll roll out 2-4 categories daily. Readers will be able to vote on all categories up until noon on Sunday, the 29th, at which point we will tally the final results. Today, we unveil the nominees for

Best R&B/Pop Record (Independent)


Best R&B/Pop Record (Mainstream)


Best Hip Hop Record (Independent)


Best Hip Hop Record (Mainstream)

. The 2012 reader picks in these categories were (respectively)

Tony Williams

' "

Blazin' High


Frank Ocean

's "




's "

Walking on Air

" and

Kendrick Lamar

's "

Swimming Pools (Drank)

." Read over the ballot below, then make your selections!


: The results are now in! Find out who our

readers and staff selected

as the "Best of the Booth."

Nominees are listed in alphabetical order


Best R&B/Pop Record (Independent) of 2013:

Allan Rayman - “


Bad Rabbits - “

Doin' It

G-Eazy - “

I Don’t Believe You

Heather Victoria - “

Summer Day

Hoodie Allen - “

Feel the Love

JMSN - “

Walk Away

Nylo - “

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Wanz - "

Tell Me One More Time


Best R&B/Pop Record (Mainstream) of 2013:

Bruno Mars - “


Drake - “

Hold On, We're Going Home



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Drake - “

The Motion

ft. Sampha”

John Legend - “

Who Did That to You?

Justin Timberlake - “

Suit & Tie

” ft. Jay Z

Justin Timberlake - “


Rihanna - “

Pour It Up

Robin Thicke - “

Blurred Lines

” ft. T.I. & Pharrell Williams

Best Hip Hop Record (Independent) of 2013:

Chance the Rapper - “

Favorite Song

ft. Childish Gambino”

Earl Sweatshirt - “


ft. Vince Staples”

Joey BadA$$ - “


Rapsody - "

Lonely Thoughts

ft. Chance The Rapper & Big K.R.I.T"

Rittz - “

For Real

Run The Jewels - "

Banana Clipper


Tech N9ne - “


ft. ¡MAYDAY! & Kendrick Lamar”

Wax - “

We Can’t All Be Heroes

Best Hip Hop Record (Mainstream) of 2013:

Big Sean - “


ft. Kendrick Lamar & Jay Electronica”

Drake - “

Started From the Bottom

Eminem - “

Rap God


J. Cole - “

Cole Summer

Jay Z - “

Holy Grail

ft. Justin Timberlake”

Kanye West - “


Kendrick Lamar - “

B*tch Don't Kill My Vibe (Remix)

ft. Jay-Z”

T.I. - “

Memories Back Then

ft. Kendrick Lamar & B.o.B”



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