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Pink Friday Roman Reloaded cover
Nicki Minaj
Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded
Released April 2, 2012
Format Digital Download
Genre Hardcore hip hop, electro hop
Length 3:13
Label Cash Money
Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded track listing
"HOV Lane" is track number 5.
Previous track
"Beez in the Trap"
Next track
"Roman Reloaded"

"HOV Lane" is a song from Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded album, which was originally released on April 2, 2012, but was inevitably leaked along with the rest of the album in late March. The song was produced by Ryan & Smitty.

A HOV lane is a high-occupancy vehicle lane, which is to say the Minaj is saying that her ride is better and more important than all the other haters. HOV is also a nickname of Jay-Z, one of the most successful rappers of all time. By saying she's in the HOV lane, Minaj saying both that she's in the fast lane and that she's following in the footsteps of Jay-Z.

This song was generalized as a more intense, "I'm the Best" from Pink Friday. Some also called it a mid-way point between pop Nicki (tracks like "Starships") and Roman (tracks like "Stupid Hoe"). Some say that she is throwing shots at Jay-Z because he calls himself HOV. Previously before the album's release, Nicki said in a interview that wishes to take Jay-Z's spot one day in the music industry. did a review of the album, and they gave each song a "Roman Rating". "HOV Lane" recieved a rating of 6/10. They called it a nice mid-way point, but it's just the spirit of Roman, and the execution is wrong.


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