Another hip-hop icon- David Jolicoeur dies: If you watched the Grammy Awards last weekend, you might have noticed his absence. De La Soul’s founding member David Jolicoeur, 54, passed away. Let’s see what happened to him and David Jolicoeur cause of death in detail.
What happened to David Jolicoeur?
Hip-hop group De La Soul co-founder Trugoy the Dove passes away. One of the three original members of De La Soul, David Jolicoeur, often known as Trugoy the Dove, has passed away.
At a hospital in Maryland on Sunday, the rapper passed suddenly. No more information, such as a possible reason, has been made public. His family and friends are in our thoughts and prayers during this trying time.
One of the most important hip-hop musicians of the 1980s and 1990s to create music in the genre with a softer tone was Jolicoeur, a Brooklyn, New York native.
David Jolicoeur cause of death
Rappers Posdnuos and Maseo, with whom Trugoy attended high school, and he co-founded De La Soul in 1988. Trugoy was born David Jude Jolicoeur.
The three artists were raised in Long Island, New York, a neighborhood of Amityville. De La Soul released their debut album 3 Feet High and Rising in 1989 after capturing the eye of local producer Prince Paul. Their most commercially successful album as a group would become that one, and it would cause a stir in the rap and pop scenes.
Numerous musicians, such as Mos Def, Jurassic 5, Tyler, the Creator, Pharrell, and Damon Albarn, who worked with the group on the early Gorillaz single “Feel Good Inc.,” have mentioned the group as a major influence.
One-third of the well-known hip-hop trio De La Soul, Trugoy the Dove, has passed away. A member of the group confirmed the information to Pitchfork today (February 12).
Although a cause of death has not yet been identified, the rapper had recently spoken about his congestive heart failure diagnosis.
Jolicoeur passed away just a few weeks before the majority of De La Soul’s back catalog is scheduled to launch on streaming sites, following the resolution of years’ worth of exploitative contracts and sample licensing complications.
Jolicoeur expressed his dissatisfaction with the difficulty in making the group’s music accessible to the general public to The New York Times in 2016.
Quick Summary of Jolicoeur’s career
The rap group was founded in 1988 by Vincent Manson, also known as Pasemaster Mase, and Kelvin Mercer, also known as Posdnuos, who were classmates in high school in Amityville, New York.
In 1989, De La Soul released “3 Feet High and Rising,” their debut album, which featured the smash song “Me, Myself, and I,” which peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 17 weeks.
James Brown’s music was sampled on the album, and the interlude skits, conceptual sound, and other elements inspired artists like A Tribe Called Quest, Public Enemy, and N.W.A. to imitate the group’s distinctive sound.
Jolicoeur recent Interview
In a recent interview with Billboard, Jolicoeur said, “I think the element of that period of what was taking place in music, hip-hop, and our society, I think it welcomed that and opened up minds and spirits to see and try new various things.
De La Soul received six Grammy nominations during their performance career, and in 2006, “Feel Good Inc.” earned them the award for best pop collaboration with vocals.
Another song from their debut album, “3 Feet High and Rising,” “The Magic Number,” was used as the closing song for the 2021 film “Spider-man: No Way Home.”
De La Soul received new attention when the hippie-inspired song was used in “No Way Home,” but the music wasn’t made available on streaming sites because of long-standing legal issues with sample clearances with the group’s former label Tommy Boy Records.
De La Soul’s repertoire was purchased by Reservoir Media in 2021, opening the door for the renowned group to finally release their music on well-known streaming services. According to Billboard, the group’s first six albums will be streamable in March 2023.
“And the Anonymous Nobody…”, an album by Jolicoeur and De La Soul, was released in 2016. De La Soul was slated to perform three concerts beginning on April 8, 2023, in the UK.
Tributes flooded social media for David Jolicoeur
After learning of his death, countless musicians have honored the late Trugoy the Dove on social media.
Pharrell, Chuck D, Maxwell, A-Trak, JPEGMAFIA, They Hate Change, and Open Mike Eagle have all posted tributes, as have Jenny Lewis, Kaytranada, Tim Burgess, and the Avalanches.
“We lost another legend of hip hop music and culture in my brother Trugoy aka Dave of De La Soul,” tweeted B-Real.
“His music will allow him to live in our hearts and minds as he is gone. But not only was he a great musician but he was a great human being. He meant a lot to us.
Singer Pharell Williams paid respect to Trugoy Dave from De La Soul on Twitter by writing, “Trugoy Dave has gone up to be with the day of the stars with the Master.” Sending love, light, and good vibes to his loved ones, The Soul, and everyone whose lives he has impacted.
Erick Sermon, a producer, and rapper, also paid tribute to Jolicoeur by posting on Instagram “This is painful. One of the top rap groups in hip-hop, #Delasoul #plug2, is from Long Island. You will be missed, Dave, and rest in peace.”
David Jolicoeur a.k.a. Trugoy, one-third of the influential New York rap group De La Soul, has passed away suddenly at the age of 54. Condolences to his friends and family.
The Soul Rebels
Rest In Paradise to the brother who greatly inspired us, Trugoy The Dove of De La Soul. Love and light to team De La and to Dave’s family. Wishing now more than ever that we had worked together. Please keep the De La family in your thoughts and prayers. This is a really hard loss for hip-hop and the culture.
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