Beyoncé Knowles has taken over the cover of Complex Magazine’s annual Style & Design issue. For their cover issue Complex recruited photographer Thierry Le Gouès and artist Ebon Heath, who created the typography sculptures that surround the R&B starlet.
Here are a few excerpts from the interview:
What makes a hit record: “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.”
Jay-Z’s music: “Jay’s music is more than music. His lyrics have fathered generations,” the blonde-haired beauty reveals. “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?’”
Watch the behind scenes video from the Complex shoot below.
Read the full interview and check out more photos at Complex.com.