Dolemite - Rudy Ray Moore

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.

DOLEMITE is not to be confused with DOLOMITE (CaMg(CO3)2, Calcium Magnesium Carbonate). Dolomite, which is named for the French mineralogist Deodat de Dolomieu, is a common sedimentary rock-forming mineral that can be found in massive beds several hundred feet thick. That's one badass mineral!

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