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Fans of De La Soul came together for an evening to honor David "Trugoy the Dove" Jolicoeur and to mark the long-awaited arrival of their six albums on streaming services. Additionally, it served as a way for De La Soul family friends and fans to show their support for David during this momentous milestone in their history.
De La Soul's beloved rapper Trugoy The Dove passed away earlier this month, but his legacy lives on with a posthumous release from the group. He's featured on a track with Gorillaz called "Crocodillaz," which will be released as part of a deluxe edition of Cracker Island later this month.
On Thursday night, De La Soul's remaining members paid their late member a fitting tribute at NYC's Webster Hall with an all-star lineup. Fans were treated to an "immersive activation" that transformed the venue into "the ultimate celebration of De La Soul," featuring DJ sets curated by Stretch Armstrong, Clark Kent, Rich Medina and Tony Touch honoring their classic debut 3 Feet High and Rising.
This event served as both a musical remembrance of the late rapper and an emotional family reunion. Additionally, it marked the release of De La Soul's first six albums onto streaming services for the first time ever after years of legal disputes and red tape.
Trugoy's life was marked by numerous landmarks in hip-hop music, from his groundbreaking 1989 debut to being included on Nas' Madison Square Garden stage. As a pioneering figure for the genre and founding member of De La Soul with fellow members Kelvin "Posdnuos" Mercer and Vincent Lamont "Maseo" Mason Jr., Trugoy made an impactful mark on their Long Island-based collective.
After two decades, De La Soul finally saw their catalog available on streaming services this week (March 3) after 2021's acquisition of Tommy Boy Records. This is an enormous win for fans and music lovers everywhere who helped bring De La Soul's work back into the public eye.
On the eve of their catalog's debut on streaming services, De La Soul hosted a celebration for Trugoy The Dove at New York City's Webster Hall to pay their respects. There was an impressive turnout, including many hip-hop luminaries who had been inspired by the group.
Busta Rhymes, Jungle Brothers, Queen Latifah, Monie Love and Dres were just a few of the artists present for an inspiring party that will no doubt serve to motivate future De La Soul fans.
On February 12th, David Jolicoeur aka Trugoy The Dove passed away at 54 years of age from unknown causes. Prior to his passing, De La Soul announced their first six albums would finally be streaming online and had planned a special tribute for him at New York City's Webster Hall on March 3rd.
Following his passing, De La Soul members Maseo & Posdnuos have both broken their silence to pay a heartfelt tribute to their late bandmate. Both posted letters on Instagram, writing directly to Trugoy about the impact he had on them as individuals and as a trio.
Maseo wrote, "Trugoy was an inspiring artist whose music used to inspire and uplift others - his influence will be felt for years to come." He thanked Trugoy for helping them become "trio that will remain etched in the timeline of hip hop culture" as well as a "fabric of music". Maseo and Posdnuos said they will honor Dove's memory by playing songs from their classic back catalog during shows.
Mace also shared an emotional video of the trio performing "3 Feet High and Rising" together in 1989, along with a special thank-you note for Trugoy for being "an amazing MC and friend to me."
On March 3rd, 2019, The Amityville-based group's legacy will be further celebrated when all six albums are made available digitally streaming services. The event takes place at Manhattan's Webster Hall and includes performances by Common, Talib Kweli and Queen Latifah among others.
Before his passing, Trugoy had been candid about his struggles with congestive heart failure. He wore a device that would shock his heart back into rhythm in case of an emergency.
Trugoy made a lasting impact on rap music with his groundbreaking innovations, such as creating what would later be known as 'native tongues' rap music. His influence over its creation and evolution still lives on today through his legacy in culture.
He and his fellow musicians will be remembered for their groundbreaking work and commitment to improving lives. Therefore, his loss not only impacts De La Soul and their fans, but also the entire hip-hop community.
Last night in NYC, family friends of Trugoy The Dove celebrated his life by welcoming fans De la Soul - a trio of New York rappers - at an event to honor her memory. Featuring DJ sets from members of The Originals (D-Nice, Stretch Armstrong, Clark Kent and Rich Medina), it served as both a celebration for De la Soul's forthcoming arrival on streaming services.
For the most part, the show was a huge success. In addition to the main event, several special guests such as rapper Common and Queen Latifah attended. But what really made the night memorable was DJ trio The Originals who curate an engaging set that included top hip hop, house, soul, afrobeat, funk and dance music for an excellent cause.
At venues such as APT, Santos Party House and the iconic JUMP N FUNK party, Trugoy The Dove delivered an electrifying impromptu performance of his best-known hip-hop record - Unstoppable!
Thursday night at NYC's Webster Hall, friends, family, fans and the entire hip hop community came together to honor Trugoy The Dove's life. As his surviving bandmates Posdnuos and Maseo held a touching tribute for their late bandmate who passed away last month; plus their catalog made its streaming debut.
On March 2nd, De La Soul held The DA.I.S.Y Experience at Webster Hall to mark the release of their classic back catalog on streaming services and pay homage to late member Trugoy The Dove. The immersive activation transformed the historic venue into a De La Soul-themed destination featuring artwork from their groundbreaking 1989 debut, 3 Feet High and Rising.
Amazon Music will also host a live stream from the event via their Twitch channel for those unable to attend in person. DJ sets by The Originals (Clark Kent, D-Nice, Stretch Armstrong and Rich Medina) have been specially curated as an ode to the group's legacy.
In addition to the DJ sets, De La Soul's surviving members Posdnuos, Maseo and their MCs paid their own tribute to Trugoy The Dove with words of their own. At the event, several legendary hip-hop stars joined them in paying their respects.
On Saturday night, Common, Busta Rhymes, Talib Kweli and Queen Latifah paid their respects by performing a cover of their 1989 collaboration "Ladies First," while Common performed his 2000 hit "The Light" before engaging in freestyle conversation with Kweli.
Other guests included Dave Chappelle, Q-Tip, Public Enemy's Chuck D., Black Thought and Prince Paul. The crowd was enthusiastically engaged throughout the event.
At the event, Common, Busta Rhymes, Queen Latifah and Monie Love made surprise appearances as DJ sets by The Originals (D-Nice, Clark Kent, Stretch Armstrong and Rich Medina) paid homage to one of hip-hop's most influential bands.
De La Soul's performance at the show was a testament to their influence over hip-hop culture, as well as their fans. Their debut album 3 Feet High and Rising revolutionized the genre in many ways; creating an infectious blend of fun, psychedelic, suburban rap that had never before been seen. It is no wonder then that hip-hop remains such an integral part of modern day society.