Beyonce graces the covers of Complex Magazine and looks psychedelic sexy. With lighting that looks like she was ran through a kaleidoscope she talks about her music, why her husband is genius and what makes her a superstar.
Beyonce knows she’s a diva but somehow handles it modestly without losing her throne. She’s rules the hip-hop/pop kingdom with hubby Jay-Z, she hangs out with Kanye West, and she’s worked her ass off for the past 15 years.
On how she finds motivation:
“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 “God-given” talent:
“I have an authentic, God-given talent, drive, and longevity that will always separate me from everyone else. I’ve been fortunate enough to accomplish things that the younger generation of queens dream of accomplishing.”
On why Jay-Z is brilliant:
“Jay’s music is more than music. His lyrics have fathered generations. 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 why Kanye West’s “Runaway” moves her:
“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 how to write a hit song:
I’ve found that with hit records the melody and lyrics come together [naturally],” she explains. “I usually know from the hook if the song is something that transcends language, race, and genre, and if it’s something that affects pop culture. It’s something I can visualize people singing in stadiums all over the world.”