But I don't need a cigarette, know what I mean?

from Rakim – Microphone Fiend Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Here, Rakim proves why he is one of the best.

Nicotine withdrawals refers to when people who smoke cigarettes on a daily basis don’t smoke for a week, a few days or even one day for some serious fiends. He uses this intense metaphor to show his craving, but instead of fiending for cigarettes, he fiends for mic’s. Don’t think he’s joking either, because he’s clearly no joke

Do you think this guy is one to joke around?

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