Back in 2018, years before De La Soul’s music became available on streaming services and before Dave “Trugoy” Jolicoeur sadly passed away, the hip-hop trio spoke with Ebro (via Apple Music) about their catalogue and legacy. The group fought for control of their masters in order to share them digitally for many years; until now De La Soul had ostensibly been “erased from the digital era.” In this never-before-aired interview, Trugoy explains, “The biggest fear is just almost feeling like you’re being written out of history.” Maseo (aka Vincent Lamont Mason Jr) adds, “Being written out of history, let alone financially being taken advantage of.” That said, the conversation centers on their music: from learning from the greats to honing their expressive style, making up their stage names, crafting specific songs and looking back at their inimitable legacy. “We were just expressive kids not afraid to say, ‘This is me,'” Trugoy explains. Listen and watch on YouTube.
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