“Well I know him,” Ford said of the rapper, “and he emailed me and said ‘I’m writing a song called “Tom Ford,”’ and I didn’t know what to expect, but I trust him, he’s a great guy. And then I heard the song, I had to go on rap translator to sort of understand what it meant. The message is actually quite positive, he doesn’t do drugs he wears Tom Ford, that’s how he gets his high, so who doesn’t like that.”
Jay Z’s “Tom Ford” served as the second single from his 2013 album Magna Carta Holy Grail. The song, which was one of the album selections previewed in a Samsung commercial prior to release, reached #39 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Ford, who is also mentioned on Jay Z’s “Suit & Tie” collaboration with singer Justin Timberlake, responded to the song last year as well in an interview with WWD. “It’s a kind of validation of one’s work, as it means that one has really penetrated and made an impact on popular culture,” he said. “My favorite line is ‘I don’t pop Molly, I rock Tom Ford.’ I love that he gets a ‘high’ from my clothes. I have been dressing him for years now, and I have to say I think he looks great in my clothes. [He] is one of our biggest customers. He let me know about this quite a while ago.”
While on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Ford also explained how a Jay Z shirt with the designer’s name on it inspired a piece in his most recent fashion line.