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date: 30 May 2020

Dolemitelocked

  • Amy E. Carreiro

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“Dolemite is my name and fucking-up motherfuckers is my game.” Critics view that line, delivered by actor Rudy Ray Moore in his self-financed 1975 movie, Dolemite, as emblematic of the blaxploitation genre of films that emerged in the 1970s. Like Richard Roundtree’s Shaft, and Pam Grier’s Coffy and Foxy Brown, Moore’s Dolemite persona would have a broader cultural influence in the decades that followed. Its most enduring legacy was on the generation of late 1980s and early 1990s male hip-hop artists like Schooly D, Luther Campbell of 2LiveCrew, and N.W.A., who paid homage to Dolemite’s badass gangster/pimp style and lyrical profanity.

Born in Fort Smith, Arkansas, in 1927 Moore moved north to Ohio in search of work and then served in the U S military in the 1950s There he honed a musical act that combined country and rhythm and blues and earned him the nickname ...

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