De La Soul legend Trugoy The Dove has passed away

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De La Soul legend Trugoy The Dove has passed away

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The cause of death of De La Soul's David "Trugoy The Dove" Jolicoeur has not yet been revealed.

David “Trugoy The Dove” Jolicoeur, best known for his contributions to the hugely influential hip-hop group De La Soul, has passed away at the age of 54, with AllHipHop being the first publication to break the news yesterday.

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Though the cause of Jolicoeur’s has not yet been revealed, as Pitchfork noted in their obituary, the rapper had openly discussed his diagnosis with  congestive heart failure in recent years.

De La Soul are widely considered to be one of the most influential and revered hip-hop acts of all time, having distinguished themselves through their pioneering use of sampling, genre hybridity and idiosyncratic flows.

From around about 1988 onwards, Kelvin Mercer, David Jolicoeur, and Vincent Mason have helmed the  group’s sound and musical output.

De La Soul’s debut record, 3 Feet High And Rising, was released in 1989. To this day, it is the group’s most commercially successful outing, having achieved cross over success across the pop, hip-hop and R&B spheres.

The album proved to be a source of inspiration for many iconic musicians that followed them. Such was Gorillaz and Blur frontman Damon Albarn’s artistic reverie, that he enlisted Trugoy as a song writer and De La Soul for featured vocals the smash hit, Feel Good Inc. In 2006, which went on to win the Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration.

As tributes pour in across the music and entertainment industry, it is clear Trugoy The Dove will forever be remembered for his lyrical tenacity and immeasurable impact on the world of wrap.

On 3 March, De La Soul’s entire discography will finally be available across streaming platforms for fans to revisit.