Dave Jolicouer, aka Trugoy the Dove, aka Plug 2 – from De La Soul – passed away on 2/12/2023, mere weeks from the group’s catalog FINALLY becoming available on streaming platforms.
De La has a very special place in my heart. Not only did I love their music, but their artistic aesthetic was so objectively… different. The rhymes, the album art, the samples – you know De La when you hear them like you know The Beatles when you hear them (yeah, I said it).
NPR re-aired Terry Gross’ interview with the group from 2000. It’s only a few minutes long, but as we prepare to finally be able to listen to these records again without having to check for the CD or old iPod, check out De La the group talking about where they come from and why even Gross knew how much they mattered.
Ps. I never listen to the radio/streaming stuff on Apple Music, but this DJ Spinna set celebrating Trugoy brought me a lot of joy this past week https://music.apple.com/us/station/de-la-soul/ra.1670751093