De La Soul’s David ‘Trugoy the Dove’ Jolicoeur: ‘You Got a Soldier on the Other Side’

The music community shed a collective tear when David “Trugoy the Dove” Jolicoeur died on February 12th. As one-third of pioneering hip-hop trio De La Soul, with Kelvin “Posdnuos” Mercer and Vincent “Maseo” Mason, his impact on our culture has been profound for decades. 

The Long Island group’s groundbreaking debut album, 3 Feet High and Rising, arrived in 1989 via Tommy Boy Records, at a time when gangsta rap was making its ascent on the West Coast. Armed with a fresh perspective, inimitable wit, and an endless array of musical influences (plus beat magician Prince Paul in the producer’s chair), De La Soul inadvertently ushered in “The D.A.I.S.Y. Age”

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