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