Jay-Z, Oprah Winfrey Take Brooklyn’s Marcy Projects By Surprise

Shoot was presumably for upcoming segment on Oprah's show.

[artist id="1269"]Jay-Z[/artist] might not be in the project hallways all day anymore, like he rapped his recent hit “D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune),” but the legendary MC returned to his old stomping grounds over the weekend at the Marcy Projects in Brooklyn, New York.

There, Jay managed to turn a lazy Sunday into one of the most buzzed-about days in the borough this summer, when he showed up with famed talk show host Oprah Winfrey. Pictures of the two soon spread over the Internet on a number of blogs and Web sites. [artist id="1940303"]Rihanna[/artist] reportedly was present as well.

Jay and Winfrey were on hand for a lengthy interview on the steps of his grandmother’s old building, his camp conformed to MTV News on Monday (August 10).

It’s safe to assume the discussion will be a part of a segment on Jay-Z for an upcoming Winfrey show: His long-awaited next LP, The Blueprint 3, is due in stores on September 11. The rapper will be on a heavy promotional run for the project, his first to be released on Roc Nation after Jay severed ties with his longtime recording home Def Jam earlier this year; he reportedly bought out his contract for upward of $ 5 million.

Jay’s been plenty visible lately. Last week it announced Jay-Z would be Jay Leno’s first musical guest on the late night comic’s new prime time show on NBC. He wrapped a shoot in New York on Friday for his latest single, “Run This Town,” featuring [artist id="1230523"]Kanye West[/artist] and Rihanna. Then he headlined Los Angeles radio station Power 106′s Powerhouse concert on Saturday night.