Beyonce covers Complex magazine’s August/September 2011 issue. Titled “Mighty Fly,” her interview reveals why she feels lucky to be with Jay-Z, how she differs from the “younger generation” of female artists, and the inspiration behind her latest album “4.”
The photo shoot is beautiful! Styled by Matthew Henson and Peju Fajumore and photographed by Thierry Le Gouès, Beyonce gets her groove on in strobing neon lights, whipping her hair and hips around before settling into more subdued black-and-white shots.
On the rumored feuds with Kelly Rowland, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, etc.
Bey doesn’t fret too much over the drama—even if you can tell the question irks her, simply in the asking. “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 Jay-Z’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?’”
On the inspiration for 4:
Dissatisfied with the state of contemporary radio, Beyonce set about brewing a concoction entirely of her own design, based on influences you’d expect her to cite, as well as ones that might surprise. “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.”