Beyonce Gets Complex

Beyonce is still in promo mode and she is looking damn good doing it. She’s featured on the Aug/Sept cover of Complex magazine.In the magazine she discusses many things, including Jay-Z, Frank Ocean, and her new album 4.

On the repetition in music & creating 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.

On why Frank Ocean was a must for her album:
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 knowing what makes a hit:
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.

On Jay-Z as a creative genius:
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 motivation and complaining:
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 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.

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