Jay-Z @ The Oprah Magazine
September 2, 2009
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In the summer, when Oprah Winfrey was seen palling around with rapper Jay-Z, the media went wild. And now the outcome of their friendship and visit to Marcy housing project in Brooklyn, is the content of the new O magazine article. Jay-Z discusses drugs, music and married life with Oprah Winfrey in the O October 2009 issue, which hits newsstands on Tuesday, September 15.
Here are some blog snippets from the rapper and media mogul interview in their first interview together:
Winfrey: Do you believe that using the N word is necessary?
Jay-Z: Nothing is necessary. It’s just become part of the way we communicate. My generation hasn’t had the same experience with that word that generations of people before us had. We weren’t so close to the pain. So in our way, we disarmed the word. We took the fire pin out of the grenade.
Ron Howard / O Magazine
Jay-Z: It was natural…[dealing drugs @ a young age of 13]
Winfrey: Because drug dealers were your role models. There wasn’t a teacher or lawyer or nurse of doctor or and accountant in the neighborhood?
Jay-Z: Well, we were living in Marcy by then, so no. And if anyone did become something like that, they moved out. They never came back to share the wisdom of how they made it. If anyone made it, you never knew it. That’s why I’ve always said that if I become successful, I’d come back here, grab somebody, and show him how it can be done.
Winfrey: Can I ask how in the world you kept your wedding [to Beyonce] a secret?
Jay-Z: Late planning!
Winfrey: How many people knew?
Jay-Z: Very few. The sad part is that we offended some. But people who love you understand. Because at the end of the day, it’s your day.