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Rapper Trugoy the Dove from De La Soul Passes Away at 54

13 February 2023, Monday
Trugoy the Dove, real name David Jude Jolicoeur, a third of pioneering rap trio De La Soul, has passed away aged 54. This has been confirmed to by their publicist Tony Ferguson.

In a statement to the network, Ferguson lamented the passing of Trugoy, saying it was "a huge loss". No information was given regarding the cause of death.

Dave Jolicoeur, a Brooklyn, NY native, is widely accepted to be one of the most significant hip-hop musicians of the 1980s and 1990s that produced music in the genre that reflected a softer tone.

Jolicoeur, alongside fellow De La Soul members Vincent Manson (better known as Pasemaster Mase) and Kelvin Mercer (known as Posdnuos), joined forces to create the rap trio back in 1988, having attended high school in Amityville, NY.

It was in 1989 that De La Soul released their debut album: “3 Feet High and Rising”. This album was a success and included the hit single “Me, Myself and I”, which remained on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for quite some time - 17 weeks to be exact. Its interlude skits, distinct sound and samples of James Brown’s recordings, greatly inspired other artists like A Tribe Called Quest, Public Enemy and N.W.A., to follow the creational style of De La Soul.

De La Soul earned widespread acclaim during their performance career, with their debut album "3 Feet High and Rising" being a landmark in the development of hip-hop music. Last month, Posdnuos (Dave Jolicoeur) said that the music of the time period had "opened up minds and spirits to see and try new different things."

The group was nominated for six Grammy Awards in total, receiving a win for "Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals" for "Feel Good Inc." in 2006. Recently, their song "The Magic Number" was featured as the end-credit song in 2021's "Spider-man: No Way Home."

The release of the hippie-inspired song on “No Way Home” revived interest in De La Soul, but the song wasn’t accessible on streaming services due to decades of clearance issues with their former label Tommy Boy Records. 

However, the situation changed for the trio when Reservoir Media acquired De La Soul’s catalog in 2021. In March 2023, the group’s first six albums will be available on popular streaming websites. 

The most recent album that Jolicoeur and De La Soul released was “And the Anonymous Nobody…” in 2016.

Pharell Williams took to Twitter to pay tribute to Jolicoeur from De La Soul, who passed away recently. "Trugoy Dave from De La Soul has gone up to be with the day of the stars with the Master. Sending love, light and positive vibrations to his family, The Soul and everyone whose lives have been touched by his existence," he wrote.

Rapper and producer Erick Sermon shared his grief on Instagram, saying: “This one hurts. From Long Island from one of the best rap groups in Hiphop Delasoul plug2 Dave has passed away you will be missed… RIP”

De La Soul was set to perform three shows in the United Kingdom beginning April 8, 2023.
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