"How Ya Like Me Now" is Kool Moe Dee's 2nd solo album and was recorded in 1987. On the front cover, he takes musical aim at rival rapper LL Cool J, by crushing a red Kangol hat under the front wheel of the Jeep in the backdrop. It is still his best-selling album today.
Kool Moe Dee gained fame in the 80s as a member of one of the pioneering groups in hip-hop music at the time, "The Treacherous Three." In 1986, he went solo, releasing a self-titled album that became a hit seemingly overnight. His fast and aggressive rap style influenced many artists such as the Beastie Boys, N.W.A, Tupac Shakur, Nas, Jay-Z, and more. Kool Moe Dee was part of the first major rap battle in history in 1981. He lyrically attacked rapper "Busy Bee" after one of his performances because he was extremely mad at him for talking smack about other MCs, claiming that none of them could beat him in a contest. He also had a long-running rivalry with fellow New York rapper LL Cool J, claiming that he had stolen his rap style.