A brother gotta admire me from four fiends away

from Jay Z – Can I Live Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

“Sleeplessness,weariness, and adrenaline are symptoms of paranoia, of engaging in illegal activity in plain sight. "Four fiends away” indicates the distance between me and the street-level action. The implication is that I’m a boss, to some degree buffered from low-level workers who can be easily urged to cooperate with authorities.“ — Jay’s own explanation from Decoded.

To help improve the meaning of these lyrics, visit “Can I Live” by Jay Z Lyrics and leave a comment on the lyrics box