Embedded above is a cover done by internet sensation Karmin, who just really knocked this song right out of the park. "Look At Me Now" is admittedly a fairly expletive-laden song with some hardcore rapping courtesy of Busta Rhymes, Lil Wayne, and even Chris Brown himself.
Y'know, to be honest, I feel for Chris Brown, and it's not because I think it's okay what he did to Rhianna all those years ago. If anything, given how I am, I do recognize how wrong what he did was. Despite that, it's been years, he clearly regrets having done it, and because he's black, he isn't cut the same kind of slack Charlie Sheen has been cut for having done worse to Denise Richards.
That being said, no matter how you may like or dislike Chris Brown as a person, not only does his musical talent stand apart from all that, his song pretty much speaks the truth. You can hate on the man all you want, but your eyes are on him, and he's making money while you're sitting around slinging mud at him. See if he cares, really.
But yeah, whatever I have to say for or against Chris Brown, the true hook for this song was Busta Rhymes's verse, as he just spat out those lyrics in a way that would make the hypothetical and clearly impossible love child of Twista and Rebel XD proud. It's really what made the song stick to my head for the past week, and has easily sent it into my shortlist of favorite songs from 2011.
Give this cover a listen, because it's pretty witty how well Karmin edited the whole song to make it a radio-friendly masterpiece. Pretty good work all around, and it inspires me to go and practice spitting out Busta's verse, even if my tongue is complaining about getting tied way too much.