Monday, October 27, 2008

Old School Mondays:: R.I.P. Rudy Ray Moore Edition

If you know our history here at the hill, and I realize that perhaps three people reading this might, you might`ve guessed that today's OSM was going to be dedicated to the man know as Dolomite: Rudy Ray Moore. Rudy passed away last weekend after 81 years of dissing crackers and crackin' on hoes, and because I already had a Liquid Swords OSM in the works to prepare for the GZA's HPX show I had to wait a week to get a tribute up for the legendary Human Tornado.

If you loved hip hop in the 80's and 90's, and you were paying attention, you would certainly have heard many a Dolomite reference. And if you were curious, as we were, you ended up hunting down dusty-ass VHS copies of Dolomite, The Human Tornado, and Petey Wheatstraw The Devil's Son-In-Law to see the infamous Dolomite in action. The Ack and I watched pretty much all of Rudy Ray's ealry movies in the basement of Hill co-founder Shawn Lapaix, and despite their complete and utter ridiculousness, there was always something enjoyable out them. I think it was mainly due to Rudy Ray's complete commitment to his badass persona. Plus he dropped the mother-f bomb better than pretty much anyone ever. There's plenty more to say about Rudy's career, but time is short, and so I'll leave it to you to school yourself on Dolomite.

Rudy Ray was many things, a singer, actor, insane kung-fu-ist, but he was known mainly for his rhyming comedy stylings, and sometimes he's even cited as an influence on the development rap and MC-ing. It should be no surprise that Dolomite is mentioned time and again on hip hop records, and even features on a BDK song, so it seems appropriate to celebrate his life with a few jams that reference him. RIP Rudy Ray Moore, he wasn`t lyin`.

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