Complex Magazine has had their fair share of great cover stories but to have Beyonce on their cover is quite the honor. Sitting down with King B to discuss her new album, 4, Gabriel Alvarez discovers the real person behind the album in the August/September issue. Beyonce reveals how she feels about her legacy, working with Frank Ocean and how her husband inspires her. She also dishes about how she was almost in tears when she first heard Kanye’s “Runaway” hit single.
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 being compared to other female artists and rumored feuds
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 how her husband Jay-z inspires her
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 Kanye’s “Runaway” Single
The fact that he’s belting out his pain, his confusion, and his anger, with no pre-written lyrics, was so moving. He’s singing his heart out for five minutes. He is so vulnerable. I love when an artist can be so honest.
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.
The issue hits newsstands on August 9 and it is celebrating Style & Design. A new side of Beyonce emerges in this article and it definitely proves why Beyonce should be called King B.Tags: "4", Beyonce, Complex Magazine, Frank Ocean, Jay-Z, Kanye, Runaway