The brother of Arthur ‘Archie’ Eversole, known for the ‘We Ready’ anthem, often played at NFL games as well as at Atlanta pro pro football team games, was arrested for allegedly killing the rapper.
Eversole was found with a gunshot wound at a Chevron gas station just east of Atlanta on March 25 and died at a hospital on April 3, DeKalb County police said in a statement.
Eversole’s brother, 41-year-old Alexander Kraus, was initially arrested in a home near the gas station on charges of assault before being upgraded to murder, DeKalb County police lieutenant Shane Smith said in an email.
Kraus was also charged with possession of more than one ounce of marijuana. He is being held without bail in Dekalb County Jail, according to online court records.
Police have not revealed any motive for the shooting or the relationship between the brothers.
Alexander Kraus, 41, brother of rapper Arthur ‘Archie’ Eversole, was charged with aggravated assault before being charged with murder, police said Thursday. Authorities arrested Kraus for allegedly shooting Eversole down, but do not yet know his motive behind hitting the trigger
Archie Eversole, 37, rose to stardom in 2002 at the age of 17 when he recorded his debut album Ride Wit Me Dirty South Style. He also came up with the song ‘We Ready’, popularly used by Atlanta United and NFL fans over the years
The Chevron station where rapper Archie Eversole was allegedly shot by his brother in Decatur, Georgia
Eversole shared a Twitter post written by comedian Lil Duval in February – just over a month before his death.
‘If you feel that your friends support strangers more than they support you, then become a stranger,’ read the post with the caption ‘#message’.
In another Instagram post shared a few days before the shooting, the rapper wrote: ‘You can curse an entire tape by lying to someone you could have also told the truth’, along with with a grimacing face, call me hand and pull emojis on your shoulders.
In February, Eversole suggested he face a difficult time with friends and family by sharing a tweet from comedian Lil Duval on his Instagram page, where he said becoming a stranger, “if you feel your friends support strangers more than they support you “
A month before his death, Eversole called those who ‘f *** up a whole band by lying’, in a cryptic message, potentially aimed at Kraus. The nature of the relationship between the two brothers is still under investigation
Eversole was 17 when he recorded his debut album ‘Ride Wit Me Dirty South Style’, released in 2002.
The gold-selling album featured his popular anthem ‘We Ready’, which has become a popular hype song in sports stadiums and among athletes.
Eversole was chosen to create the theme song ‘United We Conquer’ in 2018 for the Atlanta United team in Major League Soccer.
The franchise said in a statement Thursday that it was ‘heartbreaking’ to hear about Eversole’s death.
“A fixture in the Atlanta hip-hop scene, Archie adopted Atlanta United before our first season and went on to be one of our club’s most ardent supporters,” the team said. ‘In addition to his decorated musical career, his voice will live long in the minds of our fans as’ We Ready ‘waves through the speakers to kickoff at Atlanta United matches.’
Atlanta United mourned the loss of Eversole, who created the team’s first ever anthem, on Twitter
Eversole came up with Atlanta United’s theme song ‘United We Conquer’ in 2018. Pictured: the rapper with Atlanta United fans during an MLS match
Tribute poured in for the 37-year-old musician, where former NFL player Robert Griffin III called ‘We Ready’ ‘the biggest playing day anthem ever’
Military Family: The rapper (right) was born in July 1984 at a US military base in Germany, according to an artist biography of Alex Henderson at AllMusic
The rapper was born in July 1984 at a US military base in Germany, according to an artist biography of Alex Henderson at AllMusic.
His father was in the U.S. Navy, and his mother was a member of the U.S. Army. Both were stationed in Germany.
After his family returned to the United States, Eversole grew up in the College Park part of Atlanta.
Tribute poured in to Eversole on social media after his death.
Former NFL quarterback Robert Griffin III, 32, wrote on Twitter: ‘The man who gave us’ We Ready’, the greatest Game Day anthem ever, has passed away, aged 37. Rest in peace Archie Eversole. Pray up to his family and loved ones. ‘
A video in the locker room of football players singing We Ready was also shared on social media after Eversole’s death.
Atlanta United fans also mourned his death on social media and shared posts about Eversole mingling with other fans of the football team.