Content Warning: Due to the nature of Rudy Ray Moore films, don't watch this at work, with babies or baptists in the room or if you think girls in underwear, f-bombs, trash talk, dope rhymes or gettin' it on are morally reprehensible.
You can't do regular posts on Kung Fu films if you don't share a little Dolemite goodness. Rudy Ray Moore was one of the top Blaxploitation film stars of the 70's. These style of films are a sight to behold. They are funny, the action is sped up to a ridiculous degree and you can hear in his dialogue how much influence he had on early hip-hop and rap. His original rhymes are epic. Here are a few from the film Dolemite:
"You better get on before you get jumped on! I'm so bad I kick my own ass twice a day!"
"I'm gonna let 'em know that Dolemite is back on the scene! I'm gonna let 'em know that Dolemite is my name, and f*#kin' up motha f#%kas is my game!"
"From the first to the last I give 'em the blast so fast their life has past before their ass has even hit the grass"
Dolemite began as a simple story, or "toast." A toast is a special type of urban narrative handed down on the streets of the inner city. The origins of the toast go back to Africa where most of its historical record still remains in oral form. (Rudy refers to his rhymes as toasts on several occasions.)
Enter Rudy Ray Moore, a young man working at a record store in Los Angeles. This particular store was frequented by one of the local toothless bums who would stagger in periodically asking for food or money. In return, Rudy would ask the bum to recite the Dolemite toast. Rudy noticed that each time the story was told, the customers would erupt in applause. As a struggling comedian, Rudy saw an opportunity and grabbed it: he would be the first to record Dolemite. Later that year, Dolemite premiered on the album Eat Out More Often, along with another equally famous toast, Shine and the Great Titanic.
Eat Out More Often spent several months on the Billboard Top 25, despite the reluctance of record store owners to promote the controversial album. In 1975, Rudy and a collection of close friends and fellow comedians got together and worked to bring Dolemite to the big screen. The movie made Dolemite not only the King of Pimps and Hustlers, but the King of Blaxploitation Movies. It remains one of the cult favorites of all time.