When we last saw Houston rapper Hefe Wine, he was claiming to be Aussie rapper Iggy Azalea's husband and facing a charge for allegedly choking his girlfriend. Now the Harris County District Attorney's Office has charged him and another girlfriend with allegedly obtaining fraudulent financing to buy a Porsche, a 2005 Bentley, an Infiniti SUV and a Nissan Versa, perhaps the least gangsta vehicle ever. (We're hoping the Porsche is the one seen in the video for "Ice Skater.")
According to the complaint, filed in March, a Texas DPS investigator assigned to a Homeland Securities Investigation fraud task force, the rapper — who was born Maurice Williams but who for some reason changed his name to Enzo Weinberg — and Stephanie Martinez falsely claimed on loan documents that they worked at a Spring auto repair shop. The couple claimed to make a combined monthly salary of around $13,000, according to the investigator's affidavit. The alleged scheme ran from October to November 2014.
Harris County District Clerk records show that Weinberg, who once penned a semi-autobiographical song called "Black Jew," and Martinez have not been arrested. (They also show that Weinberg pleaded guilty in February to a lesser assault charge in the choking incident and served eight days in jail.)
However, forget all that, because the only thing you really need to know is that, until recently, Weinberg was trying to raise money for his first foray into a film, a seven-episode series called Watusi, featuring the rapper as a cartel kingpin called El Jefe. Unfortunately, after we reached out to Weinberg, the teaser from the movie series' site disappeared. Fortunately, the teaser still exists on the project's Kickstarter campaign cached site. It's fantastic. (Sadly, Watusi only pulled in zero dollars out of a $400,000 goal).
The teaser states:
"It fades from black with the story of Watusi, who inherits a power no man could control with balance & grace. Every turn is a dangerous uncertainty, with his enemies close and his friend's distant, every decision made is a chess move."
We always pictured Weinberg as more of a Chinese checkers kinda guy, but we'll go along.
In the opening scene, El Jefe meets in Mexico with restaurateur/druglord El Gallo, who, according to Weinberg's baritone narration, "owns 100 restaurants in Mexico. And some say he employs more hit men than cooks," which is why all El Gallo's Yelp reviews complain about super-long waits.
Starring alongside Weinberg is Pious S. Martinez, who plays Sylvia. And here's what we know about Sylvia, per the narration: "She gives no fucks. There's a rumor in Colombia that when she became of age, she walked into a bar, stripped butt-naked and said if any man can touch her, they can have her. Fifteen men died that night, and she walked out yet a virgin.”
That's a weird rumor.
After the teaser, there's a discussion between Pious Martinez and Weinberg in which the screenwriter/actor/producer/criminal defendant is asked to explain "How you want to inspire on the human level."
Weinberg says, "It sheds a different light on that world, and it shows a more human side of a person in that position."
Unfortunately, Weinberg hasn't been willing to talk human sides and chess moves with us — he has not responded to our email.
We hope the latest criminal charges don't kill the project, because that is something the world deserves to see.
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