David Jude Jolicoeur, better known as Trugoy the Dove and a member of the famous rap group De La Soul, has died.
Tony Ferguson, who works for the band and is their publicist, told CNN about the news. He had been alive for 54 years. In a phone call to CNN, Ferguson said that Jolicoeur’s death was “a huge loss.” No reason for death was given. But in the past few years, the American musician had talked about his congestive heart failure in public. The people in charge of him said that he had died.
Many people think that Jolicoeur, who was born in Brooklyn, NY, was one of the most influential hip-hop artists of the 1980s and 1990s who made music with a softer sound.
Vincent Manson, also known as Pasemaster Mase and Kelvin Mercer, also known as Posdnuos, formed the rap group Jolicoeur and De La Soul in 1988. The three of them went to high school together in Amityville, New York.
De La Soul’s first album, “3 Feet High and Rising,” came out in 1989. It had the hit song “Me, Myself, and I,” which was on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 17 weeks. Artists like A Tribe Called Quest, Public Enemy, and N.W.A. tried to copy the group’s unique style by using interlude skits, a conceptual sound, and samples of James Brown’s music.
Jolicoeur told Billboard last month, “I think what was going on in music, hip-hop, and our culture at the time welcomed that and opened up minds and spirits to see and try new things.”
De La Soul has been nominated for six Grammy Awards over the course of their career. In 2006, they won one for “Feel Good Inc.” for best pop collaboration with vocals.
In 2021, “Spider-Man: No Way Home” used “The Magic Number,” another song from their first album “3 Feet High and Rising,” as the end credits song.
The hippie-inspired song in “No Way Home” brought back interest in De La Soul, but the song wasn’t available on streaming services because of legal issues with the group’s former label, Tommy Boy Records, that went back decades.
Since Reservoir Media bought De La Soul’s catalog in 2021, the legendary group’s music could finally be streamed on popular sites. Billboard says that the group’s first six albums will be able to be poured in March 2023.
“And the Anonymous Nobody…” was the last album by Jolicoeur and De La Soul. It came out in 2016. Starting on April 8, 2023, De La Soul was set to play three shows in the United Kingdom.
“Trugoy Dave from De La Soul has gone up to be with the day of the stars and the Master,” said singer Pharell Williams in a tribute on Twitter. “Sending love, light, and good vibes to his family, The Soul, and all of the people whose lives he touched.”
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.
Oodles and Oodles and Oodles of O’s ✨🔥💛🎢🙌🏾🍯❤️🩹🙏🏾
— Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) February 13, 2023
Erick Sermon, a rapper and producer, also paid tribute to Jolicoeur by writing on Instagram, “This one hurts. Dave, who was from Long Island and was in one of the best rap groups in hip-hop, has died. You will be missed. RIP”
Rapper Big Daddy Kane said on Instagram: “Dave! It was a pleasure to perform with you on so many stages.” Erik Sermon, who is also a rapper, also said, “This one hurts. One of the best rap groups, #Delasoil, is from Long Island. Dave has died. We will miss you… RIP.”
Also on Instagram, Young Guru added: “Rest in peace, my brother. You were loved. I love you brother we are here for you. Smiles I love you, bro. This is crazy.”
DJ Samtex wrote: “Unfortunately we lost another legend. Rest in power Dave aka Trugoy the Dove, co-founder of the pioneering, innovative, legendary Rap group De La Soul. Incredibly heart-wrenching news. My deepest condolences to Posdnous, Maseo, & his family.
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