As a DJ, it’s quite refreshing to see an artist perform a song you’ve played over and over. The Cupid Shuffle just turned 10 years old last month and no one is saying anything about it. Let that sink in. It was Valentines Day eve in the year of 2007 when Cupid released his popular Cha-Cha Slide-esque single. How could you not love a dance song that gives instructions?
From the perspective of a DJ that has been in settings where you have to keep the crowd alive, this song has saved my life. It gives you a chance to breathe and establish your next set of songs. Let me put it in context. At a wedding, it’s hard to please everyone at the same time so it’s rare when you get a song that gets everyone up on the dance floor. Rapper, Soulja Boy built his fame off of this model when he released his song “Crank That” which came out 3 months later. Ironically, weddings are the type of events where you’d hear both of those songs still being played to this very day.
I say all that to say, Cupid was one of the main acts at the Black Heritage Festival this weekend. He performed an hour set of new songs and finished with the Shuffle. If you’re into live music, you’ll love the ending. Watch video below.