Jay-Z 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. Rihanna 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 Kanye West and Rihanna. Then he headlined Los Angeles radio station Power 106's Powerhouse concert on Saturday night.