David Jude Jolicoeur

David Jude Jolicoeur

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David Jude Jolicoeur (born 21 September 1968, in Brooklyn, New York), also known under the stage name Trugoy and more recently Dave, is an American rapper, producer, and one third of groundbreaking hip hop trio De La Soul.

Jolicoeur, Vincent Mason and Kelvin Mercer were friends who attended the same high school in the Amityville area of Long Island during the 1980s. After they decided to form a rap group, each member re-christened themselves with an outlandish name (Trugoy the Dove, P.A. Pasemaster Mase and Posdnuos, respectively). Early on, Jolicoeur sported a unique style of African medallions, peace signs and uneven dreadlocks (known as the "De La Do"). Paired with the positive messages of the group's debut effort, 3 Feet High and Rising, the image led to critic and journalist labelling the members as "the hippies of hip hop" (a title that the group was quick to refute with the release of the second album De La Soul Is Dead in 1991).

Although not as often mentioned as Posdnuos, Jolicoeur has been equally acclaimed for his lyricism which, for the most part, avoids profanity in favor of complex, and sometimes abstract word play. For example, in the intro to 1996's Stakes Is High, Dave raps (in a frenetic manner): "Hey, how ya doin' / Now, meet in front of Big Lou's fighting / Hey, y'all reminisce, six streets, little miles / Straight to my avenue (Aaaah... aaaggh) / Six streets, went miles straight to my avenue / I'm headed......
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