The Atlanta native is best known for his hit game time anthem “We Ready.”
Rapper Arthur “Archie” Eversole, best known for his 2002 single “We Ready,” which became a fan favorite and is currently chanted before every sports events match, was shot and killed by his brother Alexander Kraus at the age of 37.
His death was initially reported by Atlanta radio station Hot 107.9 and was confirmed by his close friend and business partner Michael Smith to USA Today on Thursday.
“Archie was a great friend, business partner, and positive light for many. Personally, he was a brother to me,” Smith said. “Archie was a very spiritual person that always put GOD first.”
Archie was found with major wounds at a gas station on March 25, according to DeKalb County authorities. He was sent to the hospital, but later succumbed to his injuries.
Atlanta United FC, who joined Major League Soccer in 2017 and is now one of the league’s most popular clubs, were saddened by the rapper’s passing. His song “We Ready” is played throughout Atlanta’s games. The team expressed their sadness and also made a statement on his death.
“We are heartbroken to hear of the tragic passing of Archie Eversole,” the team wrote on social media. “A staple in the Atlanta hip-hop scene, Archie adopted Atlanta United before our first season and continued to be one of our club’s most fervent supporters.”
Club statement on the passing of Atlanta hip-hop artist Archie Eversole. pic.twitter.com/PuT8xQUuUg— Atlanta United FC (@ATLUTD) April 14, 2022
“In addition to his decorated musical career, his voice will long live in our supporters’ minds as ‘We Ready’ billows through the speakers for kick-off at Atlanta United matches,” their statement continued. “Our deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends.”
Reactions to Rapper Archie Eversole Passed Away At 37
RIP Archie Eversole! #WeReady forever pic.twitter.com/JEoWqNBXHM— bailey caldwell (@sir_richmond20) April 13, 2022
I can’t believe I’m typing this but RIP Archie Eversole. pic.twitter.com/nAU84GGTHN— Sir Foster (@SirFosterWorld) April 14, 2022
POUR ONE OUT FOR THE RAPPER BEHIND "WE READY"— Toffee Fever 🇺🇦 (@ToffeeFever) April 13, 2022
RIP ARCHIE EVERSOLE pic.twitter.com/WePnPsJlCP
Call the people close to you, just to say hello and that you love them. Or give them a hug, because you never what life throws at you. Our ATLUTD community is hurting today, and it’s hit close for me.— Austin (@arh2016) April 13, 2022
RIP Zach Wolfe
RIP Archie Eversole
Probably the best promo the NFL has ever done. R.I.P Archie Eversole pic.twitter.com/EyGdKYvRvb— The Big Kahuna (@houstonsveryown) April 13, 2022
R.I.P. The Great Archie Eversole😭 This Song (We Ready) is something else😭 It will always but up there at the Top with the rest of my favorite songs😭 Rest In Peace Legend😭 @archieeversole pic.twitter.com/aswxUBPT6L— EA15243 (@EA15243) April 13, 2022
Every time I hear We Ready I think of this video. RIP Archie Eversole. pic.twitter.com/ENMzYyWIC4— soul. (@nottodayyoubum) April 13, 2022
RIP @archieeversole 💔 Always so kind, always a smile on your face. Sports team fans around the world will sing your anthem for years to come, but it will forever mean something extra special to #ATLUTD fans. Like you always told me, “it’s OUR (ATL) song!” 🥺⚽️ @ATLUTD pic.twitter.com/woCzIin3Ww— renn (@rennrants) April 13, 2022
Damn 2022 has taken Atlanta's Finest Rapper, Archie Eversole…— Lebang Moloi (@lebang_moloi) April 13, 2022
RIP Archie Eversole😭😭😭💔💔💔pic.twitter.com/VeX5PINeyc
Rest In Peace Archie Eversole ❤️ pic.twitter.com/cY2mM2oaRr— patsperfect (@Patsperfect_) April 13, 2022