David Jude Jolicoeur

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Jolicoeur performing at the Fillmore in San Francisco, July 2009
Background information
Birth nameDavid Jude Jolicoeur
Also known asTrugoy, Plug Two
Born (1968-09-21) September 21, 1968 (age 50)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
GenresHip hop
Associated actsDe La Soul, Gorillaz

David Jude Jolicoeur (born September 21, 1968), also known under the stage name Trugoy the Dove and more recently Dave, is an American rapper, producer, and one third of the hip hop trio De La Soul.[1] He was born in the Brooklyn, New York but grew up in East Massapequa.

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 critics and journalists 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).

Jolicoeur is also a member of the Spitkicker collective.


Jolicoeur is American of Haitian descent.[2]


All three members of De La Soul have a variety of known aliases and nicknames used throughout the group's career. The following are the most significant:

  • Trugoy – The word "Trugoy" is backwards for "yogurt", because he likes yogurt. Jolicoeur once said in a video that, "I enjoyed eating yogurt. I mean, I eat it a lot."
  • Plug Two – An early concept for 3 Feet High and Rising involved music being transmitted from Mars by three microphone plugs (each one representing a member of the group). Though this idea was abandoned, the titles "Plug One", "Plug Two" and "Plug Three" still became relevant on the album.


  1. ^ New York Times
  2. ^ "10 Celebrities You Probably Didn't Know Are Haitian". Retrieved March 26, 2014.