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In­side the se­cret ri­valry be­tween Bey­oncé and Cardi B.

Cardi B name-drops Bey­oncé no fewer than four times on her al­bum In­va­sion of Pri­vacy. But in­stead of be­ing flat­tered, Bey­oncé, 36, is feel­ing threat­ened by the ris­ing rap star, 25. “Bey is wor­ried about be­ing de­throned by Cardi,” an in­sider tells Life & Style. “She’s been com­plain­ing to [ her hus­band] Jay-z that Cardi is go­ing out of her way to out­shine her.” Whether she’s try­ing to or not, Cardi is do­ing some out­shin­ing. Bey­oncé pre­vi­ously held a record-break­ing 12 songs in the Bill­board Hot 100 at once, but Cardi sur­passed that with 13 songs in April. “Cardi’s ca­reer is go­ing from strength to strength,” the in- sider notes. “Bey­oncé is all smiles when she runs into Cardi, but be­hind closed doors, she’s wor­ried.” The singers nearly had a con­flict in April, when Bey fired about 20 of her backup dancers and Cardi re­port­edly looked into hir­ing some of them for her Coachella per­for­mance. Ul­ti­mately, the “Bo­dak Yel­low” hit­maker de­cided not to add to her dance crew, but “Bey­oncé was fu­ri­ous just hear­ing about it,” the in­sider says. Even though Cardi is a Bey­oncé su­per­fan, she’s not afraid to go to war with her idol if she has to. “At the end of the day,” says the in­sider, “Cardi won’t let any­thing or any­one, no mat­ter how fa­mous or pow­er­ful, get in her way.”

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