Hollywood filmmaker Lee Daniels wants a lil’ respect placed on his name. The “Empire” co-creator has dished on why he deserves some props for Cardi B‘s epic entertainment biz run.

In a new interview, Daniels admits getting Cardi some Instagram shine ultimately caught “Love & Hip Hop” executive producer Mona Scott‘s attention.

“My favorite hip-hop artist right now, today, is Cardi B. She came to my Instagram. You can dig deep into my Instagram, dig deep, I was looking for somebody for ‘Star’ and she came in to audition for me and I said, ‘Do you mind if I,’ before she got on the reality show, even before the reality show – [Love & Hip Hop executive producer] Mona told me she hired her from [looking at] my Instagram. So yeah, I think she’s my favorite right now. … I’ve seen her a little bit. I think she’s fantastic.” (TMZ)

Back in October 2015, Daniels shared an Instagram clip of himself alongside Cardi.

This week, the Bronx native’s “I Like It” and “Bodak Yellow” singles landed her a record-breaking Billboard Hot 100 achievement.

Cardi didn’t waste any time and immediately reacted to the headline-generating success.

I look crazy guys but I’m Soo happy #1 on the Billboard !!!!!

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NUMBER #1 @badbunnypr @jbalvin

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