How Ya Like Me Now

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How Ya Like Me Now
How Ya Like Me Now.jpg
Studio album by Kool Moe Dee
Released November 3, 1987
Studio Battery Studios (London, UK)
Genre Hip-hop, new jack swing[1]
Length 49:51
Kool Moe Dee chronology
Kool Moe Dee
How Ya Like Me Now
Knowledge Is King

How Ya Like Me Now is the second solo studio album by American rapper Kool Moe Dee from the Treacherous Three. It was recorded at Battery Studios in London, England and released on November 3, 1987 via Jive Records. Production of the album was handled by Teddy Riley, Bryan "Chuck" New, LaVaba Mallison, Pete Q. Harris and Kool Moe Dee. The record peaked at #35 on the Billboard 200[2] and #4 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.[3] It is his best-selling album to date, achieving platinum certification by the RIAA.[4] The album has spawned three singles: "How Ya Like Me Now", "Wild Wild West" and "No Respect".

Recording and production[edit]

Mixing and recording for How Ya Like Me Now took place in London, England at Battery Studios. Alongside Kool Moe Dee, audio production was shared with and handled by Teddy Riley, Bryan "Chuck" New, LaVaba Mallison and Pete Q. Harris, with whom he worked on his previous self-titled album.

On the front cover made by Doug Rowell, there is LL Cool J's red Kangol hat under a front wheel of the Jeep Wrangler in the backdrop. Kool Moe Dee had a long running feud with LL Cool J releasing various diss tracks at his adversary.

Release and promotion[edit]

Following Kool Moe Dee, How Ya Like Me Now was released through Jive Records with distribution by RCA Records, making it Kool Moe Dee's second album on the label. It was dropped on November 3, 1987, and was supported by three singles: "How Ya Like Me Now", "Wild Wild West" and "No Respect", and its music videos.

Its self-titled single peaked at #22 on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[5] and #86 on the UK Singles Chart.[6] "Wild Wild West" peaked at #62 on the US Billboard Hot 100[7] and #4 on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.[5] The single "No Respect" did not get into any major music chart.



Reaching a peak position of number thirty-five on the US Billboard 200, How Ya Like Me Now remained on the chart for a total of 50 weeks.[2] The album has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America on April 14, 1988, and then went platinum on November 14, 1988, indicating US sales of over one million units.[4]


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[8]
Robert ChristgauA–[9]

In a contemporary review, the Washington Post compared the album to work by hip hop artists Schooly D and LL Cool J stating that Kool Moe Dee "comes across like a hip guidance couselor" and that the album was a "def aural collage: James Brown beats on the title cut, Queen on "Rock You" even Paul Simon on "50 Ways". The production is sophisticated without sacrificing the improvisational swagger that is central to rap's appeal."[10] American music journalist Robert Christgau described the album as "out-of-kilter swing generated by his electronic percussion lie there--trick rhymes, variable lengths, filters, double tracks, sung refrains, and the occasional extra instrument all work to shift the beat without undercutting its dominance". Alex Henderson of AllMusic said that Kool Moe Dee "had a major hit with his sophomore effort" and "it definitely has its share of classics".


In 2017, the album was ranked #35 on Consequence of Sound Top 50 Albums of 1987,[11] and #41 of Complex 50 Greatest Rap Albums 1980s.[12]


In 1996, Nas references the album in the chorus of "I Gave You Power" from his second album It Was Written, a song where Nas plays an anthropomorphized gun. The chorus lyrics are "How you like me now? I go blaow, it's the shit that moves crowds, makin' every ghetto foul".

In 2004, Ludacris references the album in his verse on Usher's number one hit "Yeah".

In 2008, the title track "How Ya Like Me Now" was ranked #31 on VH1's 100 Greatest Hip Hop Songs.

In 2009, the newly elected chairman of the Republican National Committee, Michael Steele, seemed to reference Kool Moe Dee in comments addressed to 44th President of the United States Barack Obama, "I would say to the new president, congratulations. It is going to be an honor to spar with him. And I would follow that up with: How do you like me now?"[13] Also in 2009, "How Ya Like Me Now" appeared in 2009 music video game DJ Hero.

In 2017, the song "How Ya Like Me Now" was used in the Empire (2015 TV series) episode "Strange Bedfellows".

Track listing[edit]

1."How Ya Like Me Now"5:37
2."Wild Wild West"4:40
3."Way Way Back"4:32
4."50 Ways"5:00
5."No Respect"5:24
6."Don't Dance"4:25
7."I'm A Player"3:37
10."Rock You"3:57
11."Get Paid"3:19
Total length:49:51

Sample credits[14]


  • Mohandes Dewese - vocals, producer
  • Bryan Chuck New - mixing, engineer, producer
  • Edward Theodore Riley - producer
  • Peter Brian Harris - producer
  • LaVaba Mallison - producer
  • Doug Rowell - photography
  • Kofi Tuda - grooming



Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[15] Gold 500,000^
United States (RIAA)[15] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ Kennedy, Jake (September 2011). "Kool Moe Dee – Kool Moe Dee". Record Collector. No. 392. Retrieved July 28, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c "Kool Moe Dee How Ya Like Me Now Chart History". Billboard 200. Retrieved 2017-11-28. 
  3. ^ a b "Kool Moe Dee How Ya Like Me Now Chart History". Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. Retrieved 2017-11-28. 
  4. ^ a b "Gold & Platinum - RIAA". RIAA. November 14, 1988. Retrieved November 28, 2017. 
  5. ^ a b c "Kool Moe Dee Chart History". Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Retrieved 2017-11-28. 
  6. ^ a b "KOOL MOE DEE | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 2017-11-28. 
  7. ^ a b "Kool Moe Dee Chart History". Hot 100. Retrieved 2017-11-28. 
  8. ^ Henderson, Alex. "How Ya Like Me Now - Kool Moe Dee". Allmusic. Retrieved November 28, 2017. 
  9. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Robert Christgau: CG: Kool Moe Dee". Robert Christgau. Retrieved November 28, 2017. 
  10. ^ Jenkins, Mark (January 17, 1988). "Achieving a Bad Rap: Beat Box Artists Talk Trash for Cash Schooly D: 'Saturday Night!' Rap Kool Moe Doe: 'How Ya Like Me Now' Just Ice: 'Kool and Deadly (Justicizms)' M.C. Shan: 'Down by Law'". The Washington Post. Washington, D.C., United States: WP Company LLC d/b/a The Washington Post. p. 111. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved October 17, 2014. (Subscription required (help)). 
  11. ^ "Top 50 Albums of 1987". Consequence of Sound. 2017-07-10. Retrieved 2017-11-28. 
  12. ^ Gonzales, Michael (October 26, 2017). "The Best Rap Albums of the '80s". Complex. Retrieved November 28, 2017. 
  13. ^ Nagourney, Adam (February 3, 2009). "New Face of G.O.P. Brings a Brash Style". The New York Times. 
  14. ^ "How Ya Like Me Now by Kool Moe Dee: Album Samples, Covers and Remixes". WhoSampled. Retrieved 2017-11-28. 
  15. ^ a b "American album certifications – Kool Moe Dee – How Ya Like Me Now". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 

External links[edit]

"Kool Moe Dee - How Ya Like Me Now". Discogs.