|Illustration by John Ueland|
Your persona's drama, that you acquired in high school in acting class/
Your whole aura is plexiglass
-- O.C., "Time's Up"
On November 22, 2013, Maurice Lasel Williams woke up with his birth name and when his head hit the pillow, he was legally known as Enzo Valido Dunamas Weinberg.
The 41-year-old rapper's petition for a name change stated that he "desires...to distance himself from the public exposure linked with the current name, and adopt a name with real personal meaning after the birth of his sons, and to satisfy the desire of [his] late father." Included on the petition was one of at least three Social Security numbers he's used when signing official documents.
At the time, the circle of people who knew him by either name was pretty small -- there were the women who were owed child support; the six children who were owed a present father; the men who won civil judgments against him and were owed more than $150,000; and his doting mother.
If anyone knew him, it was more likely under his latest nom de hip-hop: Jefe Wine, which he would later have to change to Hefe Wine because people were mispronouncing the "J" and making him sound like a brand of peanut butter. Or maybe they knew him by the name of one of his most recent singles, "Black Jew." He explained in a press release that the moniker "represents financial freedom. Also, my mom and Jewish friends call me 'Black Jew' probably because I'm so tight with money."More »