As a member of Christside Souljahz, Arick Arqese has spent the last 15 years bringing healing and hope to the streets. In a youth culture dominated by materialism, exploitative sex, decadent fantasies and artistic redundancy, Christside Souljahz marches to a different drummer. The scope of their Mission is trained on the Streets and music is the ammunition aimed at the hearts and minds of the youth lost to the ravages of their generation. A gathering force, bringing the good news of Christ's message of truth, love, healing, hope, restoration, and compassion. Eloquent in the language of Hip-Hop, Christside Souljahz, has given a positive voice to the hidden aspirations and dreams of youth too long ignored by both the media and orthodox religious tradition. Like the Pied piper, Christside Souljahz beckons to the young as they follow the call to realize the divine inheritance that "the system" would deny.
As a vital force in the community and in the beleagured world of Hip Hop, these Christside Souljahz's rise to the occasion with lyrics that justify their name. They don't just rap about hardship and healing, ruthlessness and redemption, their art in effect does something about it. Arqese aka Wisdom arrives like a hurricane at group homes and juvenile halls to arrest the consciousness of alienated and misguided youth. They reach the young where they live and lead them to the living Christ, that higher calling latent within us all. With caring hearts, a rhythmic resonance the youth can identify with and a message that won't quit, the Music Ministry of Christside Souljahz is a last resort for children abandoned to the consequences of history and their own folly. For the so-called "endangered species" imploding and under attack, this spiritually resourceful music has been known to save lives and heal souls with cross-cultural inspiration. "Joshua fought the battle of Jericho" and Christside Souljahz along with ICreate Music Group and NewFoundation Productions fights the battle of the mean streets.