Best Albums and Mixtape of 2013 (Best of the Booth)
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 Mixtape/Street Album, Best R&B/Pop Album, Best Hip Hop Album (Unsigned/Independent) and Best Hip Hop Album (Mainstream). The 2012 reader picks in these categories were (respectively) Big Sean's Detroit, Frank Ocean's Channel Orange, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis's The Heist and Kendrick Lamar's good kid, m.A.A.d city. Read over the ballot below, then make your selections!
Update: 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 Mixtape/Street Album of 2013:
Action Bronson - "Blue Chips 2"
Big K.R.I.T. - "King Remembered In Time"
Chance The Rapper - "Acid Rap"
Gilbere Forte - "PRAY"
Locksmith - "The Green Box"
Nipsey Hussle - "Crenshaw"
Rapsody - "She Got Game"
Vic Mensa - "INNANETAPE"
Best R&B/Pop Album of 2013:
Adrian Marcel - "7 Days of Weak"
Janelle Monáe - "The Electric Lady"
John Legend - "Love in the Future"
Johnny Rain - "Lullaby of Machine"
Justin Timberlake - "The 20/20 Experience"
Nylo - "Indigo Summer"
Robin Thicke - "Blurred Lines"
Stacy Barthe - "P.S. I Love You"
Best Hip Hop Album (Independent) of 2013:
Danny Brown - "Old"
Dizzy Wright - "The Golden Age"
Jared Evan x Statik Selektah - "Boom Bap & Blues"
¡MAYDAY! - "Believers"
Prodigy x Alchemist - "Albert Einstein"
Run The Jewels (EL-P & Killer Mike) - "Run the Jewels"
Tanya Morgan - "Rubber Souls"
Wax - "Continue..."
Best Hip-Hop Album (Mainstream) of 2013:
A$AP Rocky - "LONG.LIVE.A$AP."
Big Sean - "Hall of Fame"
Drake - "Nothing Was the Same"
Ghostface Killah - "Twelve Reasons to Die"
J. Cole - "Born Sinner"
Kanye West - "Yeezus"
Mac Miller - "Watching Movies With the Sound Off"
Pusha T - "My Name Is My Name"