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Beyonce Covers COMPLEX Mag

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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:



My name is OLANIKE……Nike would suffice…I love life, music and fashion. Im Nigerian, Ultimately, My goal is to be a fashion stylist. “Style” is an expression of individualism mixed with charisma. Fashion is something that comes after style.” A CUP of FASHION with STYLE and two shots of FRESH on FARAI TODAY. ENJOY. Sincerly, NIKE.

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