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Eddie Murphy lights up the trailer for Netflix's 'Dolemite Is My Name'

13 August 2019

Not only does Eddie Murphy star in the upcoming comedy, but he'll be joined by Wesley Snipes, Tituss Burgess, Keegan-Michael Key, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Craig Robinson, T.I., and more in bringing the true story to life. Moore also became popular for his creation of the character Dolemite in his stand-up routines that, after five years of performing as the urban hero, he chose to bring him to the big screen with the 1975 movie of the same name.

As the story goes, after Moore moved from OH to Hollywood in the 1970s to pursue a career in entertainment, he heard street tales about a mythical pimp named Dolemite.

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Rudy Ray Moore in character as Dolemite and Eddie Murphy in character as Rudy Ray Moore. He has been called the Godfather of Rap and it would be almost impossible to find all the times he is mentioned or sampled in the world of hip hop. And now thanks to Netflix Eddie Murphy is starring in a new biopic honoring the late Rudy Ray Moore, one of the original innovators of the genre. In the meantime, we think we'll check out the actual Dolemite to get in the mood. "I think he's a true artist, as much as I know some people would go, "What?" Borrowing from the street mythology of 1970s Los Angeles, Moore assumes the persona of Dolemite, a pimp with a cane and an arsenal of obscene fables. He reprised the role of Dolemite in several other movies, including Insane Clown Posse's Big Money Hustlas. Again, the movie comes to Netflix and select theaters this fall.

Keegan-Michael Key to Star in Dolemite Is My Name! You'll want to watch this one a few times because it's that good.

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Dolemite Is My Namewill premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.

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Eddie Murphy lights up the trailer for Netflix's 'Dolemite Is My Name'