Archie Eversole, ‘We Ready’ sports anthem rapper, dies at 37

Rapper Arthur “Archie” Eversole, known for the game time anthem “We Ready,” has died after allegedly being shot by his brother. He was 37. 

His close friend and business partner Michael Smith confirmed Eversole’s death to USA TODAY Thursday. Atlanta radio station Hot 107.9 was the first to report his death.

“Archie was a great friend, business partner, and positive light for many. Personally, he was a brother to me,” Smith said in a statement to USA TODAY. “Archie was a very spiritual person that always put GOD first.”

Eversole was found with a gunshot wound at a Chevron gas station just east of Atlanta on March 25 and died at a hospital April 3, DeKalb County police said in a statement to the Associated Press. 

Eversole’s brother, Alexander Kraus, was charged with murder after being apprehended at a home near the gas station where they say the shooting occurred, DeKalb County police Lt. Shane Smith said in an email. It wasn’t known Thursday whether Kraus has a lawyer who could be reached for comment on his behalf.  

Archie Eversole released the official song for the Atlanta United MLS team.

Eversole’s “We Ready” was part of Eversole’s 2002 album “Ride Wit Me Dirty South Style,” which also included a remix featuring Bubba Sparxxx that has rung in the ears of many sports fans ever since its release. The Atlanta rapper worked closely with the city’s Atlanta United Major League Soccer team and released the team’s official anthem “United We Conquer” in 2018. 

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