Chuck Haralson and Ken Smith were inducted into the Arkansas Tourism Hall of Fame during the 43rd annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism
The 4X4 Crew may be young (members are all in their teens or early 20s), but they've got a firm handle on one of key ideas of modern hip-hop — diversify. The crew encompasses six rappers, a DJ named Fatality and an acrobatic dance troupe. Their hip-hop TV show, “Rock Town Lockdown,” is on hiatus, but members say it'll soon return, perhaps on the web. Their latest project is “Radio Ain't Ready, Volume 2,” a sweeping collection of local rap that, as the title suggests, is mostly being ignored by the radio. Over the course of nearly 30 tracks, 4X4 include songs from a veritable who's who in local rap. Not every track works, but there's enough diversity to please anybody. Like any good local comp, “Radio Ain't Ready” includes several local anthems — Grim Muzik's buoyant summer anthem “Ridin' N Da A-state,” Bware's hyped-up “I Run Da Rock” and 4X4's infectious “Tell Yo Mama,” a song that borrows Ray Charles' Arkansas lyric from “What'd I Say.” Artists familiar — Epiphany, Rockstar, 607, Playa Mone — are featured alongside the more obscure — KT & Jay, Calico Jones and Southern Folkz. 4X4 even manages to get a song from S.L. Jones, a Little Rock native who's affiliated with Killer Mike's Atlanta crew Grindtime. To get a copy of the mixtape, call 398-1323 or visit www.myspace.com/the4X4crew.