Beyonce Covers COMPLEX Mag, Talks "Rival" Rihanna, Choosing Her New Sound, & Kanye Bringing Her To Tears
Beyonce's covering the brand new issue of Complex magazine. And it seems she's opening up more and more as each interview unfolds. She no longer has Pappy Knowles yanking the reigns of what she can and can't say. So she's been dishing in detail about making a distinction between her and Rihanna, being proud of her own throne, her utter admiration for her husband, and why she's confident in the new sound she's bringing to R&B.
Highlights from her interview, plus gorgeous pics inside...
We picked out the highlights of Beyonce's full cover story from Complex magazine. She made clear she doesn't think she's perfect, and she's giving you a bit more of what she really thinks and feels about turning 30 and everything careerwise and personal that comes with that.
Peep the pics then the highlights where she discusses what separates her from Rihanna, why she's in awe of her husband, what inspired her eclectic sound, and more:
On her constant rumored 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 working with Kanye again for 4 and him moving her to tears
“The fact that he’s belting out his pain, his confusion, and his anger, with no pre-written lyrics, was so moving,” she says. “He’s singing his heart out for five minutes. He is so vulnerable. I love when an artist can be so honest.”
On working with Frank Ocean after hearing him for the first time
“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 admiration of her husband's talent
“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?’”
How she deals with bad days
“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 why she went with this new ecelctic sound for 4
Figuring out a way to get R&B back on the radio is challenging. Everything sounds the same on the radio. With 4 I tried to mix R&B from the ’70s and the ’90s with rock ‘n’ roll and a lot of horns to create something new and exciting. I wanted musical changes, bridges, vibrata, live instrumentation, and classic songwriting.”
Check out Complex for her full interview and more pics. And peep the behind the scenes video of Mrs. Knowles Carter working it out at the cover shoot: