I watched Dolemite for the umpteenth time yesterday and my spirit was renewed. For those of you who don’t know, Dolemite is the epitome of the ghetto street hustler, bad mothaf***a archetype. Feared and revered, this guy is beholden to no one. And he’s a pimp with karate hookers. You can’t get much cooler than that.

Check out the sound files at the bottom of the page. I swear it’s like being at Leroy’s to the 10th power. Or better yet, RUN, don’t walk, to your nearest video store and rent the Dolemite movie. It will change your life. It certainly changed mine.

No bullshitting, this is required viewing for this blog. There will be a quiz.

14 Responses to “Dolemite”

  1. THE "D" says:

    When I was younger we had to sneak over a friends house and view Dolemite movies and hear Richard Pryor records. Those were the days. DO you know that we had relatives that acted just like Dolemite. They did not have the Karate Girl Hookers or the stylish clothes but they had the jargon down.

    Nobody will believe this but did you know that Huggy Bear off Starsky and Hutch was a real Pimp? No Shit! That is why Snoop has him in all the pimping videos.

    I have strong views on this but we will discuss them at a later date Mike.

  2. Mexigogue says:

    I had this real cool book about the history of comedy in black culture. It went all the way back to minstrelsy and up to Richard Pryor and Martin Lawrence. It included a piece on Dolemite and said that the signifyin’ monkey outwitting the lion goes all the way back to African culture where similar stories have always been passed on. It’s a trickster archetype, usually a smaller animal outwitting a larger more vicious one. I need to find the exact title of this book because it had a wealth of fascinating information.

    I just wish Mexican history was as fascinating. All we did was have human sacrifice in the Aztec days.

  3. The Sicilian says:

    Oh, my god, I have to see that movie. “And fucking up motherfuckers is my game”…oh, great stuff.

  4. THE "D" says:

    We should have a long convo on the different cultures that we have questions about. I envy the tight family ties that are shown with Spanish, Italian, Irish and Jewish families. I love the way they stay together and always celebrate special events together all the time. I do not see that much in the current African American family. I know there are many factors that cause this but the strength of any culture starts with the strong family and community bonds.

    Oh! you missed it Saturday we played cards over Bobbie’s house and Stephanie came over. Oh! My! God! That girls body should be rated X!!!!!!!!!!! She is so fine that I cannot stand it!!! Plus fine ass Kim was there with the twins!!! I lost my mind and Linda let me go by myself!!!

    I did nothing and feel mighty good about it. The oold dave would have been all over both of them.

  5. Mexigogue says:

    There are plusses and minuses with all cultures. If you’re Sicilian, you can put a hit out on somebody. Plus the food is awesome. I want to fight like the Chinese, lowride like the mexicans (oh wait, I AM Mexican), cook like the Pakistanis, brew beer like the Germans, love like the French, and say NIGGA PLEEEEEEASE!!!!! like the Black people. That’s diversity for ya!

  6. THE "D" says:

    I just cracked up right in the middle of the office!!!!

  7. The Sicilian says:

    I want to get a cool Samurai sword at birth, like the Japanese culture. Just tommy guns for me, though, dammit.

  8. TB says:

    Dolemite, Black belt Jones, and then Three the Hardway + beer = the best day of your life.

  9. The Signifyin' Monkey says:

    Muthafucka, can’t you see?
    Why, you standin on my goddamn feet

  10. THE "D" says:

    Way down into Leroy’s Deep,

    A fat hoe stepped on my pool cue,

    and feet

    I said bitch can’t you see,

    I’m about to beat Romero,

    bring him to defeat,

    This type of shit

    don’t happen everyday,

    matter of fact not every month,

    If you don’t move your ass and

    stop with all the sass

    ??????????????? Brain Fart!! LMAO

    Okay Mike I am laughing too hard at work to finish this but I had a good thought in mind. It just got too complicated to keep the pace in my interpretation of “Dolemite”

    I am cracking up at work again!!!


  11. Phelps says:

    There was a pretty good documentary (to me as a filmmaker, at least) on the whole Blaxsploitation scene called Baadasssss Cinema. But I remember that it had all the blaxsploitation directors in there, and they were all hedging everything, with the old, “sure, it looks bad now but it was liberating then” and all these excuses, except one: Melvin Van Peebles. He wasn’t giving up shit. “Yeah, I made Sweet Sweetback’s Bad Ass Song, and I ain’t got nothing to apologize for. If you don’t like it, fuck you.” (Not an exact quote. I’m paraphrasing.) Van Peebles is great.

    If you haven’t seen Sweetback, you have GOT to get a copy of that one. The tagline was “Rated X By an All White Jury”.

  12. Mexigogue says:

    Now I have another movie on my list. Dammit! And I thought I was down! Interestingly, I used to work for a William Peebles here in Lansing who is a cousin to Mario Van Peebles. He said they (the actors) added the van just to be cool but they are originally just Peebles.

  13. Link Whoring

    Yes, yes, he linked me, I linked him, what I want to know is where all the other crap is? Mexi and the Sicilian and Neil post enough complete and utter crap that we should have Bonfire material for years….

  14. Neil says:

    I’m Scottish. All I get is this damned skirt.