Beyoncé Covers COMPLEX, Says She’s “Comfortable In The Throne”
Beyoncé’s promo run continues for her newly released album 4 and this time Mrs. Knowles-Carter is on the August/September 2011 cover of COMPLEX Magazine’s “Style & Design” issue. Inside, she speaks openly about working with Frank Ocean, her husband’s musical genius, her constant rumoured rivalry with Rihanna and more. The issue hits stores on August 9th.
On working with Frank Ocean
“Jay had a CD playing in the car one Sunday when we were driving to Brooklyn. I noticed his tone, his arrangements, and his storytelling. I immediately reached out to him—literally the next morning. I asked him to fly to New York and work on my record.”
On her husband’s music
“Jay’s music is more than music. His lyrics have fathered generations. All that he has overcome gives millions so much hope. There are moments when I see his lips moving and I can see lyrics floating above his head and I think, ‘Wow! How did I get so lucky to be able to witness this level of genius so closely?’”
On her rumoured rivalry with Rihanna
“There is room on this earth for many queens. I have an authentic, God-given talent, drive, and longevity that will always separate me from everyone else. I’ve been fortunate to accomplish things that the younger generation of queens dream of accomplishing. I have no desire for anyone else’s throne. I am very comfortable in the throne I’ve been building for the past 15 years.”
On using negativity as motivation
“Whenever I feel bad, I use that feeling to motivate me to work harder. “I only allow myself one day to feel sorry for myself. People who complain really get on my nerves. When I’m not feeling my best I ask myself, ‘What are you gonna do about it?’ I use the negativity to fuel the transformation into a better me.”
On her legacy
“I just want my legacy to be great music. Someone who was a risk taker and someone who had songs that struck conversation and emotion.”
You can check out the entire cover story and more pics from her shoot over at COMPLEX.