Hot Summer Jam 2009

Live Shots

Live Shots

Hot Summer Jam 2009

Travis County Expo Center, Aug. 15

The nearly two-hour wait to get from Decker Lane into the Travis County Expo Center meant missing ATX's Pimpin' Pen shaking the building with his durrty thump, but Saturday's Hot Summer Jam was an absolute marathon. The lineup boasted 12 announced performers and almost as many cameos, each proving they've got a wealth of ringtone rap material even if the style's well on its way to the grave. First rounders OG Ron C, Dallas' Tum-Tum, and Gemini fought to break the awkward silence between sets, trying to engage a crowd either tuned out or turned off completely. Local Chalie Boy had more luck, crooning stanky gospel on "Do the Ricky Bobby" until H-town lady Candi Redd dragged on "Independent Bitches" and short-sheeted the love fest. She pulled the same move after Lil Keke's glimmer of hope, following a Swishahouse succession of Yung Redd, Mike Jones (the first of three acts to play "Still Tippin'"), and Paul Wall (the second) ran through cuts from 2005. Swisha first lady Surreal's "I'm a Model" proved unfit to bring the Houston label back. Heavy-hitting headliners Slim Thug, Trae, and Bun B all brought the heat, but it may have been too little too late. The half-filled Expo Center slept through Slim's cameo tour of March's Boss of All Bosses and "Still Tippin'," of course, before Trae's 40-strong onstage entourage made it hard to find the Truth and even harder to hear his guttural drawl. Bun B delivered as expected, but hardly anyone on the floor had the life to keep up.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

More Music Reviews
Faster Than Sound: SXSW Online Offered Lots to Look Forward To
SXSW Online Offered Lots to Look Forward To
Virtual festival forecasts incoming local debuts and tentative fall touring.

Rachel Rascoe, March 26, 2021

Faster Than Sound: Virtual ACL Music Fest Keeps Flags Flying
Virtual ACL Music Fest Keeps Flags Flying
Nostalgic livestream and rising Austin talent fundraise for the Austin Parks Foundation.

Rachel Rascoe, Oct. 16, 2020

More by Chase Hoffberger
Revisiting the Railroad Killer
Revisiting the Railroad Killer
Local journo Alex Hannaford’s Dead Man Talking podcast investigates the case against a man on death row

Nov. 16, 2018

EMS Union Set for Leadership Contest
EMS Union Set for Leadership Contest
Association to cast ballot between incumbent Tony Marquardt or challenger Selena Xie

Nov. 16, 2018


Hot Summer Jam 2009

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

New recipes and food news delivered Mondays

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle