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Hip Hop Icon, Trugoy the Dove, Of De La Soul, Dies At 54

The world of hip hop was dealt a major blow on the morning of February 12th, 2023, with the news of the passing of David Jolicoeur, also known as Trugoy the Dove, at the age of 54. Trugoy was one of the founding members of the legendary hip-hop group De La Soul and his loss has sent shockwaves through the music industry and beyond.

David Jolicoeur, born on September 21, 1968, in Brooklyn, New York, was part of the group that formed De La Soul in 1987, alongside Posdnuos (Kelvin Mercer) and Maseo (Vincent Mason). The trio went on to release their groundbreaking debut album, “3 Feet High and Rising,” in 1989. This album was a game-changer in the world of hip hop, introducing a new style and approach to the genre that blended jazz, funk, and soul elements with hip hop beats and lyrics.

Trugoy was an integral part of De La Soul’s signature sound and his contributions to the group’s music cannot be overstated. He was known for his smooth and soulful voice, which was the perfect complement to the group’s experimental beats and quirky rhymes. He was also a talented producer, and he co-produced many of De La Soul’s classic tracks, including “Me Myself and I,” “The Magic Number,” and “Eye Know.”

Trugoy’s impact on hip hop culture cannot be overstated. De La Soul, along with other groups like A Tribe Called Quest, The Jungle Brothers, and Queen Latifah, were part of the Native Tongues movement of the late 80s and early 90s. This movement was known for its positive and conscious lyrics and its eclectic musical influences, and it paved the way for the alternative hip hop scene that emerged in the years to follow.

Trugoy’s legacy extends far beyond his music. He was known for his humble and gracious nature, and his passing has prompted an outpouring of love and condolences from fans, fellow musicians, and friends.

He was a talented rapper, singer, and producer, and his contributions to De La Soul’s classic albums will continue to inspire and influence musicians for years to come. He was an icon, a trailblazer, and a true pioneer in the world of hip hop, and his loss is deeply felt by fans and fellow musicians alike. Rest in peace, Trugoy the Dove. Your music and your legacy will live on forever.

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Naomi Dela Cruz
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