It looks like Beyoncé Season is still kicking in full gear. After eight years since gracing the cover, Beyoncé finally returns to the cover of Complex Magazine. With her 4 album debuting number one on the Billboard charts, the Beyoncé promotional machine covers Complex’s August/September 2011, Style & Design.

In the exclusive interview, Beyoncé discusses her creative process, what she wants her legacy to be and how being 30 does not intimidate or limit her. For the cover story, Complex recruited photographer Thierry Le Gouès and artist Ebon Heath, responsible for creating the ingenious typography in the photos.

And of course they feature her signature hair whips. Check out what Beyoncé tells Complex:

On how she chooses her singles:
“I’ve found that with hit records the melody and lyrics come together [naturally],” she explains. “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 gaining inspiration from her hubby Jay-Z:
“Jay’s music is more than music. His lyrics have fathered generations,” she said. “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 her aspirations when it’s all said and done:
“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 of the full interview and photo spread visit Complex.

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