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De La Soul Co-Founder Trugoy the Dove Dies at 54

A cause of death has not been revealed, but Trugoy had been open about his diagnosis of congestive heart failure.

Although he’s not the most notable rap figure, Trugoy is a of the founding members of one of the most influential groups in hip-hop history.

“De La Soul made a pivotal contribution to the sonic evolution of Hip Hop music. This is a tremendous loss for the culture and and I’m hopeful that when we think about Trugoy the Dove, we think about that time period when Hip Hop was fun.”

Dr. Maurice Johnson, a professor who uses hip-hop as a tool to discuss Black portrayals in the mediasaid

Born David Jude Jolicoeur, he formed the group while in high school in Long Island N.Y. along with fellow group members Posdnuos and Maseo.

They released their debut album, 3 Feet High and Rising, a year later. The 1989 album was beloved by fans of every genre. While the album has many favorite tracks, none was more popular than their classic record, “Me Myself and I.”

Their debut album would be their most successful one, becoming their only album to be certified platinum for selling one million copies.

The group, which was known for its jazzy influences, was also part of the Native Tongues collective, a large posse of hip-hop artists who were known for their Afrocentric and positive lyrics.

The collective also included A Tribe Called Quest, Queen Latifah, The Jungle Brothers, Monie Love and Chi-Ali.

De La Soul would go on to release a total of eight studio albums.

While many hip-hop heads give credit to A Tribe Called Quest for popularizing a more jazzy style of hip-hop, De La Soul was the first group to truly do it on a mainstream level, and do it successfully.

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Written by Jamil Johnson