Vidor’s Hip-Hop Anthem

Two local rappers are trying to change the the image of "the 409" with their song "Vidor Anthem," which has become a modest hit online. 
Thu March 1, 2012 1:13 am
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Move over H-Town! The 409 is representing, as the little town of Vidor has its very own boosters in hip-hop artists DJ Santana and T-Rey. Their song, "Vidor Anthem," has become a modest YouTube hit over the past two months, with close to 36,000 views and rising.

Julie Chang of the Beaumont Enterprise reported that the two friends--real names, Shawn Santana and Trey Jenkins--cut the track using a $100 microphone a few months back. The song also features rapper Lenny C. 

"We're just trying to give our town a better name," Jenkins told Chang, referring, of course, to the town's historically racist reputation, including being called "Texas' most hate-filled town" on the cover of  TEXAS MONTHLY 's 1993 December issue . 

DJ Santana's original MySpace bio expresses similar sentiments:

I'M FROM VIDOR,TX ITS A SMALL TOWN IN THE 409 AREA I LIVED HERE MY WHOLE LIFE. I DECIDED TO TRY TO CHANGE THE BACKGROUND OF VIDOR I WANT TO PUT THE WHOLE 409 AND THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE ON THE MAP...

Disclaimer: The video version of the song includes profanity, but there is a clean version available, as well:

Clean version:

At least one fan on DJ Santana's  Facebook page  fell for the track enough to demand merch:

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