Dolemite was his name, and f@#*in' up motha f$#@as was my game!
October 20, 2008 12:03 PM   Subscribe

Rudy Ray Moore, known to most as Dolemite, has passed away of apparent complications due to diabetes. His movies Dolemite (1975) and the Human Tornado (1976) are Blaxploitation classics and bits of his more than 2 dozen party records have been sampled by countless rappers. Even in an era of raunchy party records Rudy pushed the envelop of taste, but always had fun doing it. (The general rule is that most things Rudy Ray Moore are NSFW).
posted by Slack-a-gogo (52 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

 
I'd say that's a general rule, yes. Oh yes.
posted by the dief at 12:05 PM on October 20, 2008


In the credits of Dolemite it says "based on a short story by Rudy Ray Moore". I can just imagine him hunched over his typewriter: "Yeah! then Dolemite fucks the bitches..." tap tap tap tap tap....
posted by Large Marge at 12:07 PM on October 20, 2008 [8 favorites]


There's been a lot of Rudy Ray Moore in my life this year. My girlfriend Coco did this mashup earlier: Napoleon Dolemite. In the meanwhile, me and my friend Brandi reviewed Dolemite.

He was a one-of-a-kind, that's for sure. I'll spill a little alcohol to his memory later today.

RIP Dolemite.
posted by Astro Zombie at 12:12 PM on October 20, 2008 [1 favorite]


Bitch, are you for real????

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posted by The Card Cheat at 12:14 PM on October 20, 2008


RIP, yo. I had no idea he was even sick.

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posted by indiebass at 12:17 PM on October 20, 2008


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posted by Merzbau at 12:17 PM on October 20, 2008


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The Sainted Fists of Dolemite. Long live Rudy Ray.

You forgot a key cinematic masterpiece of fuckin' up mothafuckas, Shaolin Dolemite.

Ain't no beat-down, like a Shaolin beat down.*

*Not an actual quote.
posted by Minus215Cee at 12:19 PM on October 20, 2008 [1 favorite]


Very first movie I ever rented from Netflix: Dolemite.
posted by Big_B at 12:20 PM on October 20, 2008


My apologies for the misplaced comma.
posted by Minus215Cee at 12:20 PM on October 20, 2008


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wasn't his record the one the beasties' sampled that had "if this is gonna be that kinda party, i'm a stick my dick in the mashed potatoes!" in it?
posted by shmegegge at 12:27 PM on October 20, 2008


Eat out more often!

I have two funny Rudy Ray stories from my misspent youth:

One, my friends and I drove through a blinding rainstorm to reach a Rudy Ray live show at a juke joint in Raymond, Louisiana that started at like 2 AM. When we walked in the door, three scrawny, long-haired white boys, soaked to the bone it was totally remeniscent of the scene in Animal House where the music scratches to a halt and all eyes turned to us. We were so out of place the whole time, but eventually between the buckets of cheap beer and Dolemite tales, we had a fantastic time. (I'll have to share my stories from Freak-nic sometime too!)

Another time, those same friends and I were waiting for another friend to arrive, I'll call him Johnny. I say friend, but really our relationship had been mostly a business one up until that time, if you know what I mean. Johnny lived on the other side of town in our mid-sized southern city. Johnny was from a whole different cultural world. We were white, middle class, college students. Johnny was a black high school dropout. Johnny viewed us as a trusted business connection and that was about it. He'd drop by and then head off. We never asked many questions and he never gave much chance or reason to.

Anyway, to pass the time we started watching Dolemite on the VCR. Johnny strolled in in his usual breezy manner and turned to leave saying, "See y'all late... holy shit, is that Dolemite?!?" We replied in the afirmative and Johnny asked if he could stick around. Of course he was welcome and from that moment on we were more than just some breezy business relation.
posted by Pollomacho at 12:29 PM on October 20, 2008 [4 favorites]


I first stumbled upon Dolemite after seeing him referenced in a Beastie Boys interview around the release of Paul's Boutique. The interview asked if there was a lot of weed in the studio, and they replied something along the lines of "no, but there was a hell of a lot of Dolemite", and then the band broke into hysterics. Once I found out Dolemite wasn't a drug, but a raunchy comedian, I had to find out more. I first tracked down a few albums in second bins, and then rented the Human Tornado, which was unlike anything I had ever seen before.

When I bought a worn copy of "Return of Dolemite" (X-Rated version) at a hole-in-the-wall record store the clerk looked at the cover and said "you've either got the coolest record ever or the biggest piece of shit ever". Then he flipped it over, saw a picture of Rudy Ray Moore in a leopard speedo and looked at the track listing and decided that I had indeed struck gold. He also asked if I noticed a second copy in the bin.
posted by Slack-a-gogo at 12:29 PM on October 20, 2008 [2 favorites]


Can you see him and Mr. Blackwell at the gates together...........
posted by bjgeiger at 12:32 PM on October 20, 2008 [2 favorites]


The Disco Godfather has passed, "Put yo weight on it!"

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posted by podwarrior at 12:35 PM on October 20, 2008


RIP, Mothafucker.
posted by jonmc at 12:35 PM on October 20, 2008 [1 favorite]


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posted by Capt Jingo at 12:49 PM on October 20, 2008


Ironically, I just wore my Human Tornado t-shirt on Saturday night. Little did I know what a symbolic gesture that would turn out to be. RIP, MF.
posted by kylefreund at 12:54 PM on October 20, 2008


I owned Dolemite and Human Tornado on VHS... got a lot of mileage out of those tapes for late night drunken laughs in college.
posted by autodidact at 12:55 PM on October 20, 2008


Dolemite vs Big Daddy Kane.
posted by autodidact at 12:58 PM on October 20, 2008 [1 favorite]


wasn't his record the one the beasties' sampled that had "if this is gonna be that kinda party, i'm a stick my dick in the mashed potatoes!" in it?

Close, but no cigar.
posted by Rangeboy at 1:01 PM on October 20, 2008 [2 favorites]


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Dolemite had visible boom mikes in half of the scenes, some of the worst acting outside of porn films, and fight scenes where every punch missed by several feet. And yet somehow it was 100 times more awesome than most of the multi-million dollar films put out today. Rudy Ray Moore was the man, he will be missed.
posted by burnmp3s at 1:07 PM on October 20, 2008 [3 favorites]


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posted by jtron at 1:09 PM on October 20, 2008


Petey Wheatstraw? Dead? I would think the Devil's Son-in-Law would have some sort of "Can't be killed, or die" deal.

My roommate in college had a 6 pack collection of Rudy Ray Moore on VHS. Both Dolemites, Human Tornado, Petey Wheatstraw, and two stand-up tapes. Good times.
posted by Ghidorah at 1:13 PM on October 20, 2008


Seems like diabetes finally put its weight on Rudy Ray Moore.

He will be missed.
posted by King Bee at 1:37 PM on October 20, 2008


RIP, Keep on f*ckin' those mother f*ckers up
posted by fatbaq at 1:38 PM on October 20, 2008


Guitarist Scott Henderson's tribute to Dolomite.

"Dolomite. . . it's real bad out there."
posted by Herodios at 1:44 PM on October 20, 2008


Close, but no cigar.

that may be the single most important article in music history. thanks for that.
posted by shmegegge at 1:47 PM on October 20, 2008 [1 favorite]


Dolemite was awesome. Don't forget Disco Godfather which is a barrel of laughs. I prefer it to Human Tornado, actually. I'll screen it tonight in his memory. RIP, Rudy.
posted by porn in the woods at 1:48 PM on October 20, 2008


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posted by Fuzzy Monster at 1:50 PM on October 20, 2008


you rat soup eatin' motha f*kkah!

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posted by gcbv at 2:21 PM on October 20, 2008 [2 favorites]


:( This news has really bummed me out a lot more than I figured it would.

The world will remember you as Dolemite, Rudy Ray, but you'll always be Petey Wheatstraw to me.
posted by Donnie VandenBos at 2:34 PM on October 20, 2008


:( This news has really bummed me out a lot more than I figured it would.

The world will remember you as Dolemite, Rudy Ray, but you'll always be Petey Wheatstraw to me.
posted by Donnie VandenBos at 2:34 PM on October 20, 2008


Enjoy this.

You can still from your mama
You can rip the limb from a tree
But I'm gonna kick your ass for messin' with me!

Favorite line from Avenging Disco Godfather (after his nephew has overdosed on angel dust): Now tell me...WHAT DID HE HAD?

RIP RRM.

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posted by zerobyproxy at 2:44 PM on October 20, 2008




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posted by Smart Dalek at 4:15 PM on October 20, 2008


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posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:20 PM on October 20, 2008


"If you see a ghost, cut the motherfucker."
posted by chuckdarwin at 4:49 PM on October 20, 2008


Dolemite is a bizarre movie. I remember once scene that had my friends and I howling with laughter--unfortunately it was unintentional humor. Near the end of the movie, Dolemite is in a bar/club talking with this guy and RRM actually falls asleep in the middle of the scene. Better yet, they keep the shot and left it in the movie!

I have yet to check out The Human Tornado.

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posted by zardoz at 5:01 PM on October 20, 2008


Y'ALL DON'T BELIEVE I DIED DO YA

WELL CHECK OUT THIS GOOOOOD SHIT


oh wait : (
posted by DoctorFedora at 5:03 PM on October 20, 2008


most of them were high on heroin filming those dolemite movies.

Me and my friends discovered Dolemite about the same time as the beastie boys and we used to love calling eachother rat soup eating motherfuckerers. A friend of mine got a note from him saying that he was sick and needed financial assitance and he was registered at target. I forget what he bought him but he was supposed to receive like a signed portrait. He never got it though, that no-class, no-business, rat soup eating motherfucker.

rip.
posted by LouieLoco at 5:40 PM on October 20, 2008


Put your weight on it, Rudy!
posted by doctorschlock at 1:20 AM on October 21, 2008


Near the end of the movie, Dolemite is in a bar/club talking with this guy and RRM actually falls asleep in the middle of the scene.

Presumably because:

most of them were high on heroin filming those dolemite movies.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 2:58 AM on October 21, 2008


Also: did all American men wear the cat suit during the 70's, or was it strictly a black thing?
posted by PeterMcDermott at 3:03 AM on October 21, 2008


I could swear I've seen a Dolomite Christmas album in the used bin at a record store. The mind boggles.
posted by LastOfHisKind at 5:44 AM on October 21, 2008


My favorite line in his movies was "you rat soup eating mother fawka!" I use that sometimes.
posted by Mastercheddaar at 5:53 AM on October 21, 2008


Being home sick was always a pleasure when I could sneak out my dad's 'Blow-Fly' and 'Rudy Ray Moore' records.
posted by doctorschlock at 6:54 AM on October 21, 2008


The movie Dolemite is so gritty and real that they decided to make the boom mike visible in numerous scenes just to remind the audience that it's only a movie.
posted by porn in the woods at 9:16 AM on October 21, 2008 [6 favorites]


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posted by Critical_Beatdown at 9:16 AM on October 21, 2008


RIP. I named my cat Rudy after him.

Dolemite really needs to be seen by pretty much everyone. It's a terrible, terrible movie, but a wonderful example of guerilla filmmaking.
posted by mkultra at 10:05 AM on October 21, 2008


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I was going to vote this morning and I semi-jokingly told my wife that I was sad that James Brown won't get to see the America get a Funky President. Really sorry that Dolomite couldn't hang on to see it as well.
posted by space2k at 10:27 AM on October 21, 2008 [1 favorite]


Yes, porn in the woods, Dolemite was never recognized for its Brechtian roots.
posted by Lokisbane at 5:59 PM on October 21, 2008


Whack the attack! If you've indulged in PCP, please call your local Hamburger Pimp (or just listen for his theme song).
posted by porn in the woods at 1:54 PM on October 22, 2008


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