Jay-Z Talks Wedding Day, Drug-Dealing Past In O Interview

MC tells Oprah Winfrey how he and Beyoncé kept their nuptials a secret.

Jay-Z and Beyonce’s wedding last year was kept under wraps to the public, but in an interview the rapper gave to Oprah Winfrey recently he said the nuptials were also a surprise to some of the couple’s closest friends.

He explained in the October issue of O magazine that due to their secretive, last-minute wedding planning, some of the musical duo’s friends didn’t even know about it.

“Very few [people knew],” Jay said of their April 2008 ceremony. “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.”

The Blueprint MC caused a stir in his old neighborhood last month when he brought Oprah to Marcy Houses in Brooklyn, New York.

The two were there to conduct a lengthy interview outside of his old building. After the sit-down, Winfrey, a harsh critic of hip-hop in the past, doted over the rapper’s charm, calling him her new best friend. “He was so charming and delightful, and he smelled so good,” Winfrey told her friend Gayle King in a radio interview.

Though he was reluctant to talk about his relationship with Beyoncé, the rapper did openly discuss his drug-dealing past, being shot at and his feelings over the use of the N word. When Winfrey asked about his sordid employment prior to entering the music business, Jay-Z blamed the lack of role models in his neighborhood.

“There wasn’t a teacher or a lawyer or a nurse or a doctor or an accountant in the neighborhood?” the iconic talk-show host asked.

“Well, we were living in Marcy by then, so, no,” Jay responded. “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,” he added.