The comedian Rudy Ray Moore died at the age of 81. Here is all you want to know, and more!
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Remembered most for his comedic Dolemite character (featured in the films Dolemite, The Human Tornado, Petey Wheatstraw, and The Return of Dolemite), he is also notable for his comedy and R&B recordings, which include Below the Belt and The Dirty Dozens.
A native of Fort Smith, Arkansas, he later lived and worked in both Cleveland, Ohio and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He died of diabetes in his early eighties and was survived by a number of family members, including a daughter named Yvette.
The cause was complications of diabetes, his Web site said. Mr. Moore called himself the Godfather of Rap because of the number of hip-hop artists who used snippets of his recordings in theirs, performed with him or imitated him.
My childhood was all about going to church, singing in church. And later on, after I got a little older, my mother taught me how to do poems for Easter and Mother’s Day, recitals and so on. I got attached to that, so as I got older and older, I began to recite poetry.
This was my motto: ‘Don’t come up with routine stuff.’
I’ve been sampled at least 71 times. Me, James Brown and George Clinton, we’re the ones who’ve been sampled the most.
You know, I hope that someday they make a movie about me. People need to know the story of ‘Dolemite;’ they need to know my story.
Back in the 1970s, it was mostly all-black audiences coming into the theaters. So, we presented stories they could relate to.