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Joey Bada$$ And Troy Ave Are Trying To Out-Indie Each Other

#FakeIndependent? Really?

Bragging rights come with the territory when you're a hip-hop artist, but I'm not sure if I've ever see two rappers argue about who's a real independent artist vs. who's a fake independent artist.

But that was before Joey Bada$$ and Troy Ave exchanged words on Twitter on Monday.

Troy Ave was recently forced to defend the relatively low sales of his Major Without A Deal album, by explaining that things are different for an indie artist, and that he still won by pocketing most of the profits directly.

Joey wasn't impressed, though. He fired off a few messages defending what he feels is his #1 indie rapper spot, and maybe also taking a few not-so-subtle shots at his fellow Brooklyn rapper?

And, it wasn't long before Troy snapped back.

It's unclear how accurate all of this is, and what they technically count as endorsement deals? Troy Ave has previously worked with Sean John, while Joey partnered with Mountain Dew's Green Label Records to release "Unorthodox" with DJ Premier a couple of years back.

Even on Tuesday morning, Troy Ave's Instagram post seemed to be addressing Joey's comments. "Big Bro @50cent said 'N---a we going on a world tour & you #MajorWithoutADEAL,'" he wrote. "If n----s hate then let em hate and watch the money pile up."

Guys, why can't we all just get along?