Beyonce first graced the cover of Complex Magazine eight years ago when her debut album dropped. With four albums under her House of Dereon designer belt, Beyonce once again graces the cover of Complex for their August/September 2011 issue. She talks about her love for Kanye West and Jay-Z and the state of R&B in the music industry. Here’s a snippet from her interview.
“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.”
“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.”
As fascinating it is to hear Beyonce’s thoughts on the world, I’m more interested in seeing the accompanying pictures. Bey doesn’t disappoint and shows off her ferocity to the nth degree. With vivid technicolor backdrops and her weave doing some serious hairography, the former Destiny’s Child frontwoman shows off her flawless (photoshopped) body and smizing abilities.
Photographer Thierry Le Goues snapped the singer in the stunning pics with artist Ebon Heath creating eye-catching typography to compliment some of them. The issue doesn’t hit stands officially til August 9th, but we’ve got a sneak peek and a behind-the-scenes look below.
To check out more pictures from Beyonce’s photo shoot or read the entire piece, head over to Complex.com.