A Minus & Chanes – Theraputic [album] (feat. Nolan The Ninja, Norman Vincent, E Fav & The Cadillac Papers)
Not every album needs to be a turn up. Sometimes itâ€™s best to sit back, light up, and let the project run from start to finish. Therapeutic, the debut project by A-Minus and Chanes, is definitely the latter. Released via DJ Sokoâ€™s Left of Center (LOC), Therapeutic embodies the spirit of the smoke sesh in the best way. At ten tracks, the album is packed to the brim with Chanesâ€™ hazy, chopped and screwed, bangers that fit perfectly with A-Minusâ€™ candid storytelling. While this is the first official A-Minus and Chanes record, both have spent significant time in Detroitâ€™s rap scene and beyond.
Chanes has produced for some of the best lyricists in the game including Fatt Father, the late Sean Price, Roc Marciano, Guilty Simpson, and Miz Korona. Chanesâ€™ beats have also stood alone as instrumental projects for House Shoesâ€™ Street Corner Music and Insect Records. For his part, A-Minus has honed his craft as an MC rhyming alongside some of the aforementioned rappers as well as Ruste Juxx, Guilty Simpson, and Nolan The Ninja. In 2017, he released the â€œGet Mama Richâ€ EP with producer DaG, which was also released on LOC. The thing about Therapeutic is that it feels cohesive. As if everything is where itâ€™s supposed to be.
The album isnâ€™t A-Minus rapping over a bunch of different beats from a bunch of different producers. Itâ€™s A-Minus rapping alongside Chanesâ€™ well-placed snares and kicks. With only a few select guest appearances including Nolan The Ninja, E-Fav, Norman Vincent, and the Cadillac Papers, this is A-Minusâ€™ moment.
Therapeutic begins especially hazy, complete with lighter sound effects and demands to â€œroll that shit/ light that shit/ smoke it.â€ Itâ€™s fun, upbeat, and full of classic head-nod stoner moments. By the second to last song, â€œLisa,â€ A-Minus opens up, reflecting on his experience as a husband and father. As he says, â€œYears before I made you wife/ some mistakes were made and it wasnâ€™t making me right/ imma say you are the greatest thing that came in my life/ you brighten up my day/ itâ€™s like you gave me the light.â€
Ultimately, Therapeutic is compelling because A-Minus and Chanes each brought what they do best to the table and werenâ€™t afraid to tell their story.
– Gus Navarro