10. Konshens, Mental Maintenance
Other dancehall artists had bigger moments than Konshens in 2012 but a year is a marathon—not a sprint—and Konshens definitely had the most consistent impact of any artist over the last 365 days. Besides scoring some of the year’s biggest hits, in February the artist also released his first proper full-length album in the US. The eclectic Mental Maintenance wasn’t the most cohesive dancehall album released this year, but it had too many big tunes—like “Do Sum’n” and the all-star remix to his “Rasta Imposter”—to notice.