Jay-Z Gets Intimate with Oprah about Growing Up and Bey Bey Beyonce

- By Bossip Staff

Jay-Z and Oprah sat down for a chit chat and of course Ol’ Harpo asked about him and Beyonce. These big lips are finally talking. It’s about time someone in the Knowles-Carter camp stopped being so tight lipped about their relationship.

Pop it to see how intimate Oprah got with Mr. Carter…

The Exclusive O Interview
At 13 he was selling crack. By 30 he was a hip-hop legend—having gone, in his words, “from grams to Grammys.” Now Jay-Z charts his escape from the hard-knock life, describes the reunion that healed the wounds of his childhood—and even reveals the standing Sunday date he has with what’s her name.

The complete interview will be available in the October 2009 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine, on newsstands September 15th. Get a first look right here.
Oprah: So tell me how you got into the drug dealing.

Jay-Z: It was natural.…

Oprah: Because drug dealers were your role models. There wasn’t a teacher or a lawyer or a nurse or a doctor or an 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 became successful, I’d come back here, grab somebody, and show him how it can be done.

Oprah: So by the time you were 13, this was a way of life. Did the lifestyle frighten you?

Jay-Z: No. It was normal. And at some point, you become addicted to the feeling. The uncertainty and adrenaline and danger of that lifestyle.

Oprah: This is where we differ. This is where we differ. Because I’d be very scared! Weren’t you shot at three times—within six feet—and you lived to talk about it?

Jay-Z: That was Divine intervention. Divine intervention, and nobody knowing how to shoot.

Oprah: What happened in each situation?

Jay-Z: It was one situation, three shots.

Oprah: So he was a bad shot.

Jay-Z: Well, no one really practices shooting a TEC-9 machine gun, right? And when you’re a kid, with little bony arms—no wonder nobody could aim.

Oprah: Many of the little boys who grew up in the Marcy projects are either in jail or dead. Why do you think you got to grow up and buy your mom a house?

Jay-Z: There’s the gift, there’s the spirit, and there’s the work—all three have to come together. If one of those things is off, it can stop you from becoming who you were meant to be.

Oprah: When I met you a few years ago, we discussed our disagreement over the use of the N word and misogynist lyrics in rap music. 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.

Oprah: Do you and Beyoncé have a pact that you just won’t talk about each other?

Jay-Z: Yeah. When you’re a public person, you have to keep some things to yourself, or else people will just—

Oprah: Eat it up. I know. But can I ask how in the world you kept your wedding a secret?

Jay-Z: Late planning!

Oprah: 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.

Oprah: So here we are, talking on a Sunday afternoon. If you weren’t sitting here with me, what would you be doing?

Jay-Z: I’m gonna get killed for this, but I’ll tell you anyway. There’s a great pizza spot we go to every Sunday. It’s our tradition. It’s a small place in Brooklyn, you can bring your own wine, and there are candles there. It’s a nice date.

Oprah kept her word about not bringing any rappers on her show, but we have to wonder do you think this interview gave Ol’ Harpo a change of heart when it comes to rappers???

Just a little footage from that day…

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  • Bossy

    i luv them as a couple

  • mellowmoodd7

    allll traditions… ((how boring)) just kidding gotta love those Carters!

  • Bossy

    oh BTW 1st!!

  • mellowmoodd7

    secoooond….ummm 2 none except Bossy I guess

  • Bossy





  • Jay the Real One

    Good interview for a hater like O

  • white male

    I got a lot more respect for Oprah when I heard she wouldn’t do CB or MJ shows

  • barb

    i like jay. he seems wise to me.

    she should have Devin The Dude be her next rapper interview. 🙂

  • Dominique Devereaux

    Good interview and I don’t blame them I would keep my business to myself too.

  • http://Timeiscoffee.com TimeisCoffee

    Excuse my english but im french…

    Everybody wants to go to paradise no one wanna die…
    From Grams to Grammy
    Respect jay z! even if he looks like Picasso’s painting ‘Guernica’

  • Sonny

    Sepia you lying. Jay was awesome on Bill Maher show. very funny and smart.

    I like the footage.

  • http://www.boissuq.com/ Keli

    I don’t think there is a need for them to constantly talk about their relationship…they’re married, we all know that, and what they do and how they do it is none of our business.

  • who cares?

    Beyonce talks all the time about him in interviews. Beyonce called her marriage a “power struggle”, wants no kids..etc. So we know alot about the carters.



  • Janet

    May god burn Jay-z and beyonce these ppl have no morals whats so ever they are the reasons why young african american are running to the streets, sagging their pants, and assumping selling drugs, pimping your sisters, is the only way to become successful. BURN IN HELL AMIN

  • http://bossip mybaad>> the smell of weave makes me hurl

    pizza boule

  • Shaina Raye

    Jay Z & Oprah what a powerful combination!

  • MissTatum

    what bothers me is that at 13 years old jay sold crack to kids,women(pregnant),and men…why are we prasing him when chris brown smacks the shyt outta one female at only 19 years old he gets burned by the media and even OPRAH’S fat ugly ass! and she jumped down Russell Simmons, Common, And Kevin Lyles throat about degrading young females! OPRAH IS THE BIGGEST HYPOCRITE I EVER SEEN! she could’ve had an intervention show about BOYS not MEN who beat their women, he’s young not old like the 30+ year old men that still beat their women after receiving help!

  • Jus Me

    Oprah’s my girl! Stop the Hate!

    JayZ was very good on Bill’s program and extremely articulate. Bill did’nt kiss his butt,,,JayZ just had an articulate answer for each question posed. Stop the Hate!

    Can you hang on the streets (speak the language) and still sit in the boardroom(speaking that language) without sounding like a fool? There’s a time and place for everything and clearly Jay understood his audience. That’s communication 101 with a drop wisdom on the side!

  • sassydezigns

    LMAOOOOOOO!!! @ white guy. I picked that up too, Bill Maher is sooo Joe! LOL “white man guilt” gotta love it:)

  • knock em dead

    Beyonce talks all the time about him in interviews. Beyonce called her marriage a “power struggle”, wants no kids..etc. So we know alot about the carters.
    ” power struggle ”
    what power beyonce and jayz has
    money you think money is power
    their marriage is nothing but business
    knowledge is power
    and so far bey and jay i dont even think they have a HS DIPLOMA OR A GED.

  • mzsweetface

    I’m so tired of Jay and Bey. Wasn’t he supposed to retire in ’03? What happened to that?

  • Hi Haters!

    Great interview! Can’t wait to pick up the entire issue! Loved the interview with Bill Mayers as well. Jay definitely has a way with words. The Carters are my fave celeb couple! Hip Hop Royalty at it’s best! I’m glad they keep their relationship private!

  • Back On My Swag

    Jay Z needs to sit his drug dealing a$$ down!!

    His camel looking a$$ is too old to still be rapping. SHUT DA F*CK up already, we get it.

    You ugly, you rich, you got a red-bone b*tch who can sing with a FAT a$$ (his words, how respectful right?)

    I heard the “leaked” BP3…..that sh*t was GARBAGE!!!

    I USED to be a Jay Z fan…and then I GREW UP!!!

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