Trugoy of De La Soul performs at the Roots Picnic 2012 at the Festival Pier June 2, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jeff Fusco/Getty Images)

De La Soul's Posdnuos Pays Tribute to Trugoy: "You Were the Heart of Our Group"

De La Soul's Posdnuos Pays Tribute to Trugoy: "You Were the Heart of Our Group"

Published Wed, February 22, 2023 at 2:21 PM EST

Since the passing of De La Soul's Trugoy The Dove (aka Dave/Plug 2), the tributes have rolled in for the innovative artist, and now, his longtime friend and group member Posdnous has offered a heartfelt tribute. He posted the message to Instagram.

"You were the heart of our group," he wrote. "You brought so much creativity, energy, and passion to our music, and your influence will be felt for years to come. Your passing is a great loss not only to us, but also to the entire hip-hop community. You were a true artist who used music to inspire and uplift others, and you will be deeply missed by all who knew you. This is heavy on our hearts and minds but we are smiling and even laughing at all the great times we shared with you."

He continued, "As we attempt to navigate this world without you, we stand grateful and proud of all you accomplished on this earth. We would like to say thank you Dave for being a big brother. Thank you for being a friend. Thank you for the wise words placed in your verses. Thank you for the music you produced that is loved by so many. Thank you for never wanting to compromise the quality of our brand. Thank you for helping us become a group that will remain etched in the timeline of hip hop culture as well as the fabric of music and for now on when we perform “Ring Ring Ring Ha Ha Hey” we will say “2-2-2-2-222 we got an angel in heaven who can talk to you. Love you, Dave! Sincerely,
Merce (Pos)"

Yesterday, De La Soul's Maseo paid homage to his friend, posting a rare picture of the group signing their Tommy Boy Recording contract alongside their producer and labelmate Prince Paul, Tommy Boy CEO Tom Silverman and the label's president Monica Lynch. The caption on the post read, "This is the day we signed our contract with Tommy Boy. Much love and respect to Monica Lynch."

Trugoy the Dove (born David Jude Jolicoeur), passed away on Feb. 12 at 54. The group's first six albums are finally set to arrive on streaming services, on March 3.

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