David Jude Jolicoeur had a serious heart condition.
Trugoy, Trugoy The Dove, or simply Dave, one of the three members of De La Soul, died this Sunday (12) at the age of 54. The cause of death was not disclosed, but it was known that he had been battling a serious heart condition for years.
With his companions Posdnuos and Maseo, David Jude Jolicoeur created one of the most important names in the history of hip-hop. This fame is mainly due to their debut album. Released in 1989, “3 Feet High and Rising” was one of the great unanimities of that year and pointed out new paths for the genre, even though many of its ideas did not materialize – the style would soon be dominated by gangsta rap.
“3 Feet” was a record marked by good humor and an almost hippie atmosphere – at the time it came to be called “the “Sgt. Peppers” of rap”. The work was also one of the last in the rap world to use (and abuse) samples indiscriminately. The use of a snippet of ” You Showed Me ” by the sixties group The Turtles on ” Transmitting Live From Mars “, resulted in a lawsuit, and later led to regulation on how to make use of snippets from other recordings. Since then, authorization from copyright holders is required for them to reach the public.
De La Soul 3 Feet High and Rising
Fearing being stigmatized, De La Soul abandoned the image that made them known in the next album, the much darker “De La Soul Is Dead” (1991). Despite never having lost prestige, the trio’s albums have been selling less and less, even though “And the Anonymous Nobody…”, their most recent LP, from 2016 – recorded from a crowdfunding project – has it was their first to enter both the US and UK top 20.
On the other hand, Posdnuos, Maseo, and Trugoy also lived a great artistic and commercial peak already in the 21st century with ” Feel Good Inc. “. the Gorillaz hit that had their special participation. In addition to winning gold and platinum records around the planet, the track also took the Grammy for best collaboration in pop music.
Trugoy’s death comes just at a time when everything seems to be working out for the group again. After years and years of battles in the courts, they have finally managed to regain the rights to their first six albums, which will finally go back to stores and enter streaming services for the first time (the date set is, not by chance, the day March 3, or “3 of 3″).
The trio also became known to a whole new generation after ” The Magic Number ” was used on the score for “Spider-Man: No Going Home”. The group was even invited to appear at the Grammy’s beautiful tribute to 50 years of hip-hop history last week. Trugoy did not take the stage – it was Posdnous who did the honors who sang a few verses of ” Buddy “.