For the past seven years the "Cupid Shuffle" has taken over the "Electric Slide" as the go-to dance for everything from barbecues to Bar Mitzvahs and now its singer, Cupid is looking to have the same type of impact with his new single, "Wham Dance."
With a guest verse from venerable New Orleans turn up king Mystikal and an intro from DJ Ro, Cupid hopes to once again start a worldwide movement and, at the same time, pay tribute to his home state.
"I wanted to do a record that exemplified the New Orleans culture and the Louisiana culture, so I went in the studio, had a live Louisiana brass band come in and we got it done," the singer told BET.com in an exclusive interview. Cupid also revealed how Mystikal became a part of the infectious track. "In my head Mystikal was already on it, so I reached out to him and he came through and blessed the song."
From the time he took over Master P's 1998 hit single, "Make 'Em Say Uhh!" Mystikal has added fire to every track he's been on, and according to Cupid he's even more amped up in the flesh.
"I'm such a fan of his," admitted Cupid. "I think he's ten times liver in person than he is on record and that says a lot. He's full of energy, 24/7. It was just cool because I remember when he came out with his very first cassette tape, it was red and I used to listen to him in high school and college and to be able to work with him is a dream come true. He's legendary in the rap world, especially for the South."
"Wham Dance" is the latest single off Cupid's fifth studio album, Timeless, which comes out later this year and the Louisiana singer says fans can expect more features from some of the South's iconic artists.
"I worked with the legendary Mia X, and that was also a big deal for me and I had the opportunity to work with 69 Boyz as well," noted Cupid. "[Timeless] is an album full of anthems, full of dance singles, full of songs that stand the test of time. My goal is to be the next Frankie Beverly. To have those records that no matter where you go or where you are, when they come on you think about having a good time and partying. So when I'm 60 years old, I can still be on tour having a good time with my fans."
With an uncanny ability to make people move to his songs, Cupid, who dropped more than 40 pounds himself, recently developed a fitness program called "CuRobiks," which will allow people to get in shape while dancing to the singer's music.
"We have over 50 certified trainers across the country and we're the Essence Festival's official fitness advocate this year," Cupid revealed. "We'll be doing what I call a "fitness concert" where we get people fit and I do full concerts as well. They dance to my music the entire time anyway so we're just getting people fit at the same time."
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