Monday, January 21, 2013

"That rat-soup-eatin', insecure honky motherf*#$er!"

This week we're returning to some comedy, starting things off with Rudy Ray Moore (1927-2008). Moore began his career in comedy as a performer while in the army. He released a number of "blue" party records throughout the 60's and 70's, and though he never crossed over in the way that other raunchy black comedians, like Redd Foxx, he built up a steady cult following largely thanks to his self- produced blaxploitation films. His most famous character was Dolemite, an urban hero/pimp, who Moore first developed in his stand-up act. Moore was considered one of the progenitors of modern rap with a rhyming delivery of his material, and hip hop gave his career a resurgence in the 90's when Moore was featured on albums with Big Daddy Kane and Snoop Dogg's among others.

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