meaning "what is your reasoning?"
It is a slang phrase that is often used with a little intentional arrogance.
In such cases, the phrase implies that whatever was just said is ludicrous. Thus, the phrase can be quite sarcastic.
This nature of the phrase was a prominent lyric in the song "Cameras" by Drake.
Similar phrases could be:
1) Hell you talkin' bout? (What the hell are you talking about?)
2) Wtf? (What the fuck?)
3) Excuse me?
HOWEVER, the phrase can also be a playful way to genuinely ask "What do you mean?" or state "I don't get it."
Person 1: "Can you sing?"
Person 2: "Pshh. How you mean? Hell YEAH I can!"
Person 1: "Wow! I didn't know you were so smart!"
Person 2: "Uh, How you mean? Duh..."
Example 3 - "Cameras" By Drake
"How you mean, How you mean, Thought you knew about the Team."
Person 1: "It's hot as hades in here!"
Person 2: "Hot as Hades? How you mean?"
Person 1: "You know! Hades! The Hell in Hercules!"
Person 1: "Ohhh!"
User of the phrase: is about to begin or is already in the process of joking about/ dissing the receiver of the phrase.
Synonym Phrase: I'm about to roast
Somewhat of a taunt
Guy 1: "Hahaha! Is that fake Polo?"
Guy 2: "Oh you, tryna' roast? Bruh I'm on yo ass! Ol, high water, flipped collar, no dollar lookin' boy!"
Guy 1: "That's what yo momma said when she left last night!"
Guy 2: "Shut up man! yeen
Guy 1: "Hahaha! Boy I'm on yo ass!"
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