Timeless Truth - Dominican Diner EP (Review)

Timeless Truth - Dominican Diner EP (Essence of Hip-Hop)

"Dominican Diner" is the latest album from Queens, NY hip-hop duo Timeless Truth. The album features guest appearances from Eliki and Maffew Ragazino and is fully produced by NY hip-hop producer Fafu. It was released on June 10, 2014 via Timeless Truth.


1) Buen Provecho - Skit

2) Trife - The first track on the EP features a mid-tempo instrumental with ominous organs and a smooth vocal sample that has me nodding my head right out of the gate. Lyrically the song is just as good as the production, with both Superbad Solace and Oprime39 coming through and kicking some aggressive boastful bars. I'm feelin' this one. - 3.5/5

3) Power Pieces - The beat on this cut has a kind of dark jazz vibe to it, with a prominent bass and some layers of synths that give it a dusky feel. As far as the rhymes go, both emcees come correct and kick some more braggadocios rhymes while keeping with the darker tone of the production. - 3/5

4) Creme De La Creme - Oprime39 and Solace rap about being the "best of the best" over what is easily my favorite instrumental on the project so far. The beat is beautiful, with soft chimes, a vocal sample and boom-bap drums, and both emcees rip it. I love laid-back tracks like this. Very dope. - 4/5

5) Out Of The Loop - This track finds Superbad Solace and Oprime39 not caring what the haters have to say and kicking some boastful one liners over a looped up vocal sample and dusty drums. The beat is dope and both emcees sound good enough over it. It's not my favorite song on here, but it's still pretty dope. - 3/5

6) Glory (featuring Eliki) - Fafu comes through with the most upbeat instrumental on the project so far, with a celebratory sample over lively drums and soulful vocals by Eliki. Lyrically the song is on point as well, with both emcees kicking some personal and heartfelt rhymes about their family, friends and passions in life. This ones a banger. - 4/5

7) Bail Money In The Mattress (featuring Maffew Ragazino) - Timeless Truth link up with Brooklyn hip-hop artist Maffew Ragazino and rap about having each others back over a minimalistic instrumental that contrasts sharply with the more cheerful previous song. The beat is dope though, having a tense feel until a familiar sample pops up during the chorus, and everyone is on point with their verses over it. - 3.5/5

8) T.I.R.O. - The final song on the EP features Fafu's most cinematic beat on the entire project, with a soaring string and piano sample layered over stomping drums that definitely have me nodding my head. The beat is banging and both Superbad Solace and Oprime39 rip it as they spit some more boastful bars and incorporate some lyrics from Raekwon's classic "Incarcerated Scarfaces" into the chorus. I knew that snare sounded familiar. Anyways, dope way to close out the EP. - 4/5

I'm going to rate the EP

3.5 / 5

because its really dope. The production had me nodding my head the whole time, with all of the instrumentals ranging from good to great and Fafu changing up styles on almost every track. Lyrically the EP is just as good as the production, with Timeless Truth spitting aggressive braggadocios rhymes on mostly every cut. They only stray away from this tried-and-true formula once or twice on the EP (namely on "Glory"), but I never got bored due to the relatively short length of the project. If you are a fan of raw rhymes and gritty beats, definitely make sure you peep the EP. You won't be disappointed.


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