Tom Ford Is ‘Flattered’ By His Jay-Z Magna Carta Namecheck

Designer to the hip-hop stars gets a whole track on Jay-Z's new record.

Jay-Z has received a lot of hefty thumbs-up for Magna Carta Holy Grail — from the likes of Courtney Love, who sanctioned Hov’s use of Nirvana lyrics, to The Dean of Salisbury, the Very Reverend June Osborne, who allowed the album artwork to be displayed next to the original Magna Carta. Now, Jay can add another endorsement to the pile — this time from Tom Ford, who was “completely flattered” by his Magna Carta namecheck.

Jay-Z drops a lot of fashion references on his new album, including Givenchy on “Picasso Baby,” Herme on “Oceans” and Gucci on “BBC.” No designer, however, got as much love as Tom Ford, who scored an entire track under his name, replete with further namechecks.

Ford was apparently tickled by his ode, telling Billboard, “I mean, come on, who would not want a Jay-Z song named after them?”

This is not the first time Jay’s name has been tied to Ford’s. Hov sported the designer in his and Justin Timberlake’s “Suit & Tie” video as part of the designer’s The 20/20 Experience partnership with JT. Ford created looks for the “Suit & Tie” lyric video as well, along with the album artwork.

In addition to being a savvy rapper, Jay has always been a brand advocate — the most recent addition to his endorsement ouevre being Samsung devices. Hov aligned himself with Samsung for the release of Magna Carta, dropping the album on July 4 before its July 9 wide release date exclusively on Samsung phones via a specialized app.

Since Jay has a history of tying his music to his lifestyle — and Ford seems to support the endorsement — perhaps there’s a Timberlake-style partnership in the future for these two.

Brenna Ehrlich is a reporter for MTV News as well as the senior writer/editor for the O Music Awards. In the past, she served as associate editor at Mashable, penned a netiquette column for CNN and co-authored the blog and book "Stuff Hipsters Hate." She likes trying not to die in moshpits and listening to songs on repeat. Follow her on Twitter @BrennaEhrlich for news on cats and punk bands.