It is with heavy hearts that fans of the hip-hop trio De La Soul learned today of the death of one of its members, Trugoy the Dove, at the age of 54. The cause of death is unknown and has not been publicly disclosed at this time.
Trugoy, who has recently been going by the name Dave, was born David Jude Jolicoeur in Long Island, New York. He formed De La Soul with fellow MCs Posdnuos and Maseo in 1987, and the group went on to release its landmark debut album 3 Feet High and Rising in 1989. The album was a critical and commercial success and is considered by many to be one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time.
Over the course of their career, De La Soul released a total of nine studio albums, and are known for their innovative and socially conscious lyrics, as well as their eclectic musical style mashed with jazz, funk, and soul influences. Trugoy was an integral part of the group’s sound and style, and his deep, distinctive voice was a defining characteristic of De La Soul’s music. De La Soul recently announced that their catalog will finally be available on streaming services(Opens in a new tab) as of March 3, following the resolution of decades-long negotiations regarding contracts and sample clearances.
Trugoy’s death is a loss not only to the hip-hop community but to music lovers around the world. He leaves behind a legacy of groundbreaking and influential music that will continue to inspire and be celebrated for years to come. He will be greatly missed, but his impact on the world of music will endure.
Rest in peace, Trugoy the Dove.