Origins of Hip-Hop: Dolemite

(USA/1975—directed by D’Urville Martin)

A unique and pioneering figure in comedy, music and film, the late Rudy Ray Moore’s rhyming storytelling style and melodically punchy dialogue delivery has earned has earned him the unofficial title of “Godfather of Rap.” Moore made his big screen debut in this 1975 cult exploitation epic as the unjustly imprisoned pimp, Dolemite, who, together with his friend Queen Bee (Lady Reed), marshals his all-female “stable” of Kung Fu fighters to extract revenge from the gangster who set him up, the notorious Willie Green (director D’Urville Martin). Shortly before his death in 2008, Moore said, “I don’t want to be remembered as a dirty old man, rather a ghetto expressionist.” Restored in 2016 from a recently discovered camera negative, Dolemite is recommended for adults due to violence, nudity, language and jokes that still can’t be told on TV. (90 minutes)

“Without Rudy Ray Moore there would be no Snoop Dogg, and that’s for real.” – Snoop Dogg, 2006


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