Lee Daniels is taking credit for the monstrous success of Cardi B, claiming that a selfie video they took after first meeting each other led to her big break on “Love & Hip Hop.”

The director told TMZ that Cardi has been his favorite rapper ever his she auditioned for a role on his Fox series, Star, nearly three years ago.

He was so taken by the Bronx emcee during the audition that he asked her to take a selfie for the ‘Gram.

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TMZ points to a previously unseen clip from its Raq Rants web show, where Daniels tells host Raquel that Cardi’s addition to season 6 of Love & Hip Hop came as the direct result of executive producer Mona Scott-Young seeing his IG video.

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