|Single by Eric B. & Rakim|
|from the album Follow the Leader|
|B-side||"Beats for the Listeners"|
|Eric B. & Rakim singles chronology|
"Microphone Fiend" was the second single released from the hip hop duo Eric B. & Rakim's second album Follow the Leader. The song became something of a signature song for rapper Rakim, and AllMusic's Steve Huey says the song "weaves references to substance addiction throughout in explaining why Rakim can't keep away from the mic." Featuring a prominent sample of Average White Band's 1975 hit "School Boy Crush", the song was further evidence of Eric B.'s fondness for soul samples and became one of most quoted songs in hip hop.
- The song has been covered multiple times, most notably by Rage Against the Machine for their album Renegades.
- It was also covered by Fun Lovin' Criminals and Marc & Mike Allica.
- Muse have played the Rage Against the Machine version's riff multiple times during live shows.
- Limp Bizkit sampled the song on their song "Gimme the Mic", from their album Results May Vary.
- The rapper Dirtball did a cover on the Subnoize Souljaz album Blast from the Past.
- It was heavily sampled in the G-Mix for Snoop Dogg's single "I Wanna Rock" from the album Malice n Wonderland. It samples during Snoop's first verse.
- "School Boy Crush" by Average White Band is sampled heavily in the song and is also sampled in "Halftime" from Nas's debut album, Illmatic.