Beyoncé is well and truly gunning for the title of most covered hip hop celebrity this summer as she appears on the cover of yet another publication – this time, the August/September cover of Complex Magazine. Inside are pages of Beyoncé styled by Matthew Henson and Peju Fajumore posing for Thierry Le Gouès’s lens and a candid interview with the songstress on her female rivals, her relationship with hubby Jay Z and the powers of positive thinking.

On Her Status as Queen B

“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 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 Positive Thinking

“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.”

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.”


For more images and the full interview, visit Complex

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