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. 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").
PopDust.com did a review of the album, and they gave each song a "Roman Rating". "HOV Lane" received a rating of 9/10. They called it a nice mid-way point, but it's just the spirit of Roman, and the execution is just right. Critics compared the rapping to several other Minaj songs such as: Roman In Moscow, Roman Holiday, I Am Your Leader, Come On A Cone, Warning, and Freedom.
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