HOV Lane

Album: Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (2012)

Songfacts®:

  • This stuttering track finds Minaj taking shots at her rival Lil Kim ("All these bitches my sons/ I'mma get 'em a nanny"), whilst paying tribute to Jay-Z. Jay likes to call himself, 'Hova,' a play on the word Jehovah as he considers himself the "God" of rap.
  • Minaj's mention of "Orlando All-Star" is a reference to when she opened up the 61st annual NBA All-Star Game at Orlando's Amway Center and performed a medley of four of her hits.
  • Minaj told NME: "That's got so many meanings. It's the 'HOV lane,' which is the fast lane on the highway, and 'Hov' is Jay-Z and it talks about him being a male mogul who's done so much. That's what I wanted to do."

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