R.I.P. Squad started in 2005 with Haiku, D-Beast, and Diezel, who had all known each other since elementary school, and Five 3, who they met that year. The name derived from the basketball term "rip squad", using rip as the acronym for "rest in peace" in reference to the infamous declaration that Hip Hop is dead. Music was always just another hobby, second to sports, but as time progressed it star...ted to get serious. The group never really had an objective other than to make music for themselves and their peers to be able to enjoy since none of them liked what they heard on the radio. Diezel eventually wanted to become a renowned producer in the music industry. The group decided the best way to showcase his music would be to get some songs recorded for his portfolio and work with different artists so that he could show off his variety. This became the Warzone project and started in 2008 when they released Chapter I. The project gained the group recognition for being able to work with other artists, despite the reputation of musicians in St. Louis, MO being selfishly competitive. In 2009, Hoody Boy joined the group and added a new sound with his R&B style. They started working on Warzone: Chapter II in 2010, but D-Beast left to begin art school in Chicago, IL and Five 3 had enlisted in the army and was almost immediately deployed to Iraq. The group had enough material to finish the project in their absence and also complete their first album, Armageddon, which was released in 2011. To stay involved with music, Haiku started a network of artists from different parts of the country and eventually the world known. They became known as The Legion of Lyricists, and with their assistance, Warzone: Chapter III was completed and released in 2012. R.I.P. Squad continues to make music as D-Beast returns to St. Louis often and Five 3 was able to record while stationed in Savannah, GA. He has since been deployed to Afghanistan.