Oh how the plot is thickening between tell-it-like-it-is country gal Miranda Lambert and controversial hip-hop artist Chris Brown. If you haven’t heard, the two have been in a bit of a virtual tiff, with Lambert tweeting her honest feelings for the star who spent time on probation in 2009 for beating then-girlfriend Rihanna. The battle began with Lambert expressing feelings about Brown getting stage time for two Grammy performances this year, and now the male singer is fighting back.

“Using my name to get publicity? I love it! Perform your heart out!” Brown tweeted early Saturday morning (Feb. 18). Though he could have been alluding to any number of people who have called him out for poor behavior, it’s quite likely Brown was referring to Lambert’s blatant mention of him before singing her song ‘Gunpowder & Lead’ at a recent show while holding up a sign that read, “Take note Chris Brown.”

Brown’s intention with the comment became a little clearer a few minutes later when he tweeted, “Go buy @miranda_lambert album! So motivational and ‘PERFECT’!” And the mudslinging continued. Though Brown didn’t call out Lambert by name again, it was clear he was speaking to her, and he did take a minute to give a shout to everyone who isn’t holding him to his past actions: ”Goodnight to all the people who live life and who aren’t stuck in the past! TEAM BREEZY is my family! Positivity and blessings!” he tweeted.

This was all in response to Lambert’s neon concert sign, which she encouraged her fans to shoot photos of, as well as a series of tweets she posted Feb. 13. During her online rant, she said things like “And Chris Brown twice? I don’t get it. He beat on a girl” and “Not cool that we act like that didn’t happen. He needs to listen to Gunpowder and lead and be put back in his place. Not at the Grammys.”

At press time, Lambert had not responded to Brown again using the social media site.