I'm Rakim, the fiend of a microphone

from Kanye West (Ft. KRS-ONE, Nas & Rakim) – Classic (Nike Air Force Remix) Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

This is sampled from Follow The Leader and is referring to Rakim’s classic song, Microphone Fiend. Note the use of the word “fiend”, just like a crack fiend needs cocaine, Rakim needs to rap or he will go crazy.

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