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Beyonce has admitted that she doesn't like the sound of her own speaking voice. In an interview with Australia's The Project, she said, "I hate hearing myself speak. I think everyone does."
Despite hating her voice, the superstar said that she enjoyed playing "Queen Tara" in the animated film, Epic. She explained, "I hear my little crazy voice coming out of this beautiful, regal woman - I'm like this is really strange, but I love it. Just seeing yourself animated and seeing yourself doing something you could never do in real life - I've always thought, for whatever reason, that would be super cool."
Bey said about working with Director Chris Wedge on the project, " . . . I think he was - in the beginning - a bit nervous. Because I'm, you know, a one-namer, and usually we're divas. But I told him, 'Listen, just tell me whatever you have to tell me! I love direction. I'm here to be your muse.' And we had fun."
BEY DID 'EPIC' FOR HER DAUGHTER
Bey added that Epic was the first project she did after giving birth to her daughter Blue Ivy last year. She said, "So I was so full of joy and emotion and - yes, hormones. And literally, I was bawling!"
She added that she did the film so that she could be able to show it to her daughter. She explained, "I showed her a few of the scenes. She's still young, so her attention span is about 20 minutes, but she did see it. She was like, 'Wait a minute. That's you!' So I think she figured it out. She seemed to be impressed."
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Swizz Beatz has opened up about collaborating with Jay-Z on his upcoming album Magna Carta Holy Grail. In an interview with VIBE, Swizz said about the innovative project, "Jay is just ahead of the times... The album represents Jay. It's like... how do you give somebody something authentic that they can go back and pull from and give them something that's ahead of its time? I think he summed that up very well."
He continued, "When you hear someone's album, you always want to go back to the classics. It's always going to be that. For the first time in a long time, I think someone solved that problem and I think he did that with this album. Me and Jay got an ongoing working relationship, so there'll be tracks here [and there]. He'll send something. You just never really know what he's working on. You just go to the studio one day and he'll unfold the whole thing." On how he ended up in Jay-Z's Samsung commercial, he said, "Luckily, it was at my studio [Laughs]."
On Samsung providing Galaxy users with the first million copies of the album for free, Swizzy said, "It just means that we're all on the right track of forward thinking... A lot of people don't get it, they're just so used to following the same train. So for Jay to take his power and create his own train I think it was genius. That's something I would love to do."
He continued, "He was being innovative. So people they can't relate to innovation. It's his album, he can do what he wants to do. He's earned the rights to do whatever he wants to do. He's put enough time into this game with Billboard and any other outlet. He's is his own boss and there's a reason why he did it like that."
Magna Carta Holy Grail will be released on July 4th.
(pic from high snobiety...ps this Rick Rubin, the genius who co-founded Def Jam with Russell Simmons)
Will Kanye West release a sequel to Yeezus? In an interview with The Daily Beast, Rick Rubin revealed that Kanye had more than 10 tracks prepared for the album. He said, "Might be. Initially, he thought there were going to be 16 songs on the album. But that first day, before he even asked me to work on it, I said, 'Maybe you should make it more concise. Maybe this is two albums. Maybe this is just the first half.'"
Speaking of Yeezus, Compton MC Kendrick Lamar has admitted that he was confused my Yeezus at first listen.
He told MTV News, "It was hard for me to grasp it on the first take. I got it, but as I kept listening throughout the week, I understood where he was going and that was him stepping out of the box again and doing what he felt. And as an artist, we all need to take heat into that and salute that because, at the end of the day, it's so much we can do following radio, following the politics in the business so for somebody to come back again and do what they want, it helps out new cats like myself, Cole, Drake, whoever, so salute."