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Published on April 29th, 2019 | by Guest Editor

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Video Premiere: Platinum Songwriter and Singer Jay Lyriq Releases ‘Cupid 2.0’

Platinum singer and songwriter Jay Lyriq releases the music video for “Cupid 2.0,” his revamped version of 112’s 1997 classic ballad “Cupid.” While Jay’s version uses elements from 112’s original chorus, he rewrote the lyrics for the verses. “Cupid 2.0” is an ode to his lady who supported him throughout the ups and downs in his career. In the music video, Jay Lyriq’s character conveys his appreciation.

“The video shows that as a male it’s okay to show vulnerability,” Jay says about the visual produced and directed by RD Multimedia, G3 Media and Filmrat Production. “It’s okay to be in love and express that you are giving your all to someone who gave their all to you.”

The song has been well received. In March, Jay was named Hometown Artist of the Month for Tallahassee’s Blazin’ 102.3 FM and opened for K. Michelle at the #BeOutDay event at Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University (FAMU). “Cupid 2.0” has been reposted on Complex’s SoundCloud page and covered on YouKnowIGotSoul, EURWeb, The Hype Magazine, Hip Hop on Deck and Right On! Digital, among other outlets.

Jay is also working on an EP. “I’m excited about the release,” he says. “I just want people to LISTEN. Music to me is supposed to have a message. I have one in every song I do. I hope they enjoy it.”

Born James Cohen, Jr., the Tallahassee, Fl native collaborated with T-Pain for many years, co-writing and singing on songs “Tallahassee Love,” “69,” “Tipsy,” and “Reality Show” from T-Pain’s gold albums Epiphany and Thr33 Ringz. Their song “Up Down (Do This All Day)” featuring B.o.B. from T-Pain Presents Happy Hour: The Greatest Hits album has been certified platinum. Lyriq also co-wrote and sang on “Lives in da Club” for the Step Up 2 soundtrack.

Lyriq has performed alongside T-Pain on the BET Awards, BET’s 106 & Park, The Jay Leno Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and worked with numerous other platinum producers (Jim Johnson, Dave “Preach” Balfor and Jimi Kendrix) and major recording artists Trey Songz, Musiq Soulchild, Raheem DeVaughn, Flo Rida, among others.

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