Sweet comeback, 50 Cent.
After appearing in a federal courtroom in Hartford, Ct., on Wednesday, the “Get Rich or Die Tryin'” rapper updated his Instagram account to make light of his legal appointment.
“For some reason people love me. I went to court today and all I felt was love,” wrote the rapper, whose real name is Curtis Jackson. “They asked me about money I said I ain’t got none, but if you want some m&m’s here ya go.”
The message was accompanied by Jackson pouring M&M’s into his hand.
Oh, and he also had stacks of money sticking out of the waistband of his pants.
That last bit is significant; Jackson appeared in court Wednesday to explain why he has continually posted pictures of himself posing with large amounts of what appeared to be money, despite currently undergoing bankruptcy proceedings.
In one photo, for instance, the rapper is shown alongside stacks of cash spelling out the word “BROKE.”
In a declaration filed Tuesday, Jackson claimed that the cash he posed with was prop money. He also said that it was important to maintaining his brand and to his projecting an “aspirational” image.
“Hip-hop culture is widely recognized as aspirational in nature. The standard by which artists and fans engage is commonly tied to money, jewelry, products and advertising over social media,” the declaration said. “Products and brands are now marketed through social media as an effective way to engage with consumers.”
Jackson filed for bankruptcy last year, shortly after being slapped with $5 million in damages for posting a sex tape of Lavonia Leviston online.