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Eric B & Rakim's, "Microphone Fiend"
The Misheard Lyrics:
It's sort of an addiction
Magnetized like Nixon
The Real Lyrics:
It's sort of an addiction
Magnetized by the mixing
The Story: For years I was impressed that Eric B & Rakim drew on Watergate for a rap lyric -- you know, the surreptitious recordings (on magnetic tape, natch), the missing 18 minutes and so forth. I also thought that rhyming 'addiction' and 'Nixon' was a stroke of genius, cementing Rakim's status as hip-hop's lyricist extraordinaire. Then I found out the line referred to mixing down recordings -- still an ok rhyme, but not nearly as much fun as my mishearing! - Submitted by: Mike Appelstein
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