Who was Archie Eversole, and what was the cause of his death?
Born July 26, 1984, Arthur “Archie” Eversole was a German-born Atlanta-based hip-hop recording artist best known for the gold selling 2002 album Ride Wit Me Dirty South Style as well as the hit single “We Ready”, which sampled the 1969 Steam song “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye.”
Eversole released his first album at the age of 17, and was confirmed dead by his family on Wednesday, (April 13) at the age of 37.
According to Dekalb County Police, Archie was shot by his brother, Alexander Kraus, at a Chevron gas station on March 25. He died from his injuries at a nearby hospital on April 3.
TMZ reports Kraus, 41, was arrested and is in Dekalb County Jail. He was originally charged with aggravated assault, but now faces murder charges.
His followers have been devastated since the news of his death became public, and tributes poured in for the Atlanta hero.
Sports writer Brandon Camdwell wrote “rip archie eversole, an energetic rapper who crafted a song and anthem which will outlive and still be wholly southern and atlanta.”
Former NFL Quarterback, and 2011 Heisman winner Robert Griffin offered prayers for his family.
“The man who gave us “We Ready, the greatest Game Day anthem ever, has passed away at 37 years old.
Rest In Peace Archie Eversole.
Prayers up to his family and loved ones.”
“RIP Archie Eversole. We Ready has been the soundtrack to my nights, weekends, and ATL UTD match days for years & was the first song I played for my son before his first Five Stripes experience at MBS. His presence has had huge impact on our city/culture. Condolences to his family,” wrote Larry Luk.
As mentioned above, Eversole released his debut album “Ride Wit Me Dirty South Style” at the age of 17 to wide acclaim. The album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association Of America (RIAA), with “We Ready” featuring Bubba Sparxx becoming a staple at sporting arenas in America.
In 2018, the ATL Legend was selected by Major League Soccer Club Atlanta United to record their theme song “United We Conquer.”
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