Beyoncé Knowles is on the cover of Complex's August/September issue, which will hit newsstands on Aug. 9. She's in the middle of a Summer media blitz that's included live performances in NYC and Europe to promote her latest album, 4. Inside the magazine, Beyoncé spoke about her husband, Jay-Z, and rumors she's feuding with other female artists. Stay tuned for next week's I'm a Huge Fan series starring Beyoncé and our lucky contest winner, but, for now, here's what she had to say:
- Beyoncé on Jay-Z: "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?'"
- Beyoncé on sharing the spotlight with other female artists: "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."
- Beyoncé on 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."
- Beyoncé on creating hits: "I've found that with hit records the melody and lyrics come together [naturally] . . . 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. But my favorite songs on my albums are usually not my singles."
Photos courtesy Thierry Le Gouès for Complex