Hip-Hop Song of the Year – The Boombox Fan Choice Awards
The 2013 year in hip-hop had a little bit of everything -- some expected and some not so much. Jay Z ruled the summer with a big hit while Drake ruled social media statuses with another smash. The genre's freshmen were the story of the year though, and the class hit heavy with club bangers while one rookie focused on lyricism. The competition for Hip-Hop Song of the Year for The Boombox Fan Choice Awards is a stacked one.
Yes, he came up on a Canadian TV show, but that didn't stop Drake's 'Started From the Bottom' from catching fire. And yes, Jay Z has about a dozen other summer staples, but fans were still bumping the Justin Timberlake-featured 'Holy Grail' throughout the summer months.
They didn't completely rule the summer though. YG's 'My N----' featuring Rich Homie Quan and Jeezy and 'Type of Way,' another hit by Rich Homie Quan, took over clubs last year. Ace Hood's 'Bugatti,' with an assist from Future and Rick Ross, was another banger heard in clubs and blasting from car stereos. It was a come-up anthem that made for the biggest hit of Ace Hood's career. Also, let's not forget Rocko's 'U.O.E.N.O.' again featuring Future and Ross, although the latter would certainly like to.
J. Cole and French Montana delivered with 'Power Trip' and 'Ain't Worried About Nothin',' respectively. And Chicago represented strongly to round out the list. Kanye West had the most polarizing and challenging hip-hop release of the year with 'Yeezus,' an album he ended with 'Bound 2.' Chance the Rapper wasn't as experimental on his mixtape, 'Acid Rap,' but was just as thought-provoking on 'Acid Rain.'
It's a competitive fight for the Hip-Hop Song of the Year, and you get to decide the winner. Vote for the rapper you believe should take home The Boombox Fan Choice Award below! Remember you can vote once per hour until the poll closes on Feb. 11, at 10AM EST. Check out all of the songs here.