Via New York Times
In a February hearing in bankruptcy court, the judge, Ann Nevins, said that the photos caused her to be “concerned about allegations of nondisclosure and a lack of transparency.” But Mr. Jackson claimed in a court filing that the cash in his Instagram pictures was “prop money.” “Just because I am photographed in or next to a certain vehicle, wearing an article of clothing, holding a product, sitting next to what appears to be large sums of money or modeling expensive pieces of jewelry does not meant that I own everything in those photos,” he wrote.
The Instagram posts were brought to the court’s attention by Mr. Jackson’s creditors, who said in a court document that the pictures were, “at a minimum, openly contemptuous” of the bankruptcy process.
The case represents a clash between the opulent lifestyle that many hip-hop artists promote in their music, videos and public personas, and the staid reality of Chapter 11 court proceedings.
Social media has become a notable tool of hip-hop culture and often functions as an extension of an artist’s public image, an extra-musical companion meant to lend credence to the boasts of wealth and masculinity promoted in the songs. #50Cent