How Do You Like Me Now?

from Retrospective by Andrew Huang

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for some reason i kick it solo better than crews
you know never to cause trouble
my thought bubble's headed for you
flow wetter than juice
bet i could use a competitive boost
forget it, truth's i'm as lucky as eleven and two
as far as rivals go, got the sedative blues
no surprises, hope you'll find this dope
wherever you choose, get up and move
whether you're hue's black brown white yellow reddish or blue
and if you hate, don't even act like you've a message to prove
i send the beef back with a side of lettuce and stew
i've got a show, so pack your sweater your toothbrush
your pillow and your medicine too, i'll rock it all night long

i bring it each time with a brand new style
store shelves empty in the dance move aisles
stereo system we listen to nothing but loud
switch it up again like how do you like me now

the v stands for vanity, s for scorn
or maybe viscious on the mic, and set up to storm
through all your record collection messes and text
second-guessing expressions of pressing matters emphatically dressed
vessel of sex, virility sold, personal hate
taking it further back to maybe like a virginal state
but either way, all of the above, nothing for love
you want the money or blood, because i'm coming with gloves
somebody does, in the day when i had stories to tell
when the v stood for vivian and s for shell
for long shelley, we already were on steady, met at the give
a nice night spot set by the respectable viv
kids danced to the music of my foes and friends
but one band's gear wasn't where it was s'posed to've been
stuck in a neighbour's garage with no code to lend
luckily i knew the guy who did promotions then
slipped myself into the empty spot, ghostly bent
rocking spare beats from my buddy moses' set
and i don't mean to be on here and boast again
except i do, 'cause no one wanted the show to end
soon as grabbed to the mic i had this night just made
allowed the crowd to witness a tight display
true talents and skill, balanced appeal
with day-old guitar parts, judging by how my callouses feel
and if it wasn't for the date i was on
you know i would have kept going, kept playing, rocking all night long

i bring it each time with a brand new style
store shelves empty in the dance move aisles
stereo system we listen to nothing but loud
switch it up again like how do you like me now

feel like i'm time-travelling back
the s stands for sanity, v for vain,
rambling rap, the same bantering trap who unraveled the map
i came ambling, half and half, can it get that much worse
we did the reverse backwards, i'm that terse
seemingly immune to lasting moons of your whole show
folds noted in the cold blowing of a winter wind
girl, make up your mind, world begins to spin
with the plastic i pressed and burned
you never could guess, don't act like my best and turn
friends could learn from each other, we stopped the process
got so hurt, closed up the shops and progress was halted
games instead of names exalted, you called it
shame on both of us and our politics
all did nothing but bring us apart
like the weather and the words i used to sing at the start
it's undone

you bring it each time with a brand new style
whether you drop the kiss or just plant two smiles
precarious positioning, wishing i didn't drown
in the depths of dealing with all the how do you like me now

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from Retrospective, released April 30, 2012

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