Miss America, petty thoughts
Miss America, petty thoughts
Miss America, petty thoughts
Just to floss pay any and every cost

from J. Cole – Miss America Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Cole could be alluding to Tom Petty’s classic track “American Girl”, which was an anthem for small town, middle-class, white American women.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WBWov6nd6E

This song is a spin off of this concept, illustrating the darker-side, and how shallow (or “Petty”, like the Tom Petty song) these women, the hip-hop industry, and America as a whole, can be.

It’s very possible this is an allusion to Petty, as Cole has two other songs that share titles with songs by Tom Petty: Breakdown and Grew Up Fast.

Or perhaps, Cole is simply using the materialistic culture of Miss America pageants as a metaphor. One of Cole’s favorite topics to rap about is the struggle between social responsibility and materialism. Ignorance is bliss, and Miss America tends to be very ignorant. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lj3iNxZ8Dww

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