The Almighty RSO

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The Almighty RSO
Origin Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Genres Hip hop
Years active 1986–1998
Labels Rap-A-Lot Records
Tommy Boy/Warner Bros. Records
RCA/BMG Records
Associated acts Made Men, Hangmen 3
Past members Ray Dog
Tony Rhome
Deff Jeff
MC Rock (deceased)

The Almighty RSO was a hip hop group from Boston, Massachusetts. Members included MCs E-Devious (Marco Antonio Ennis, later known as Antonio Twice Thou), Ray Dog (Ray Scott, later known as Benzino), Tony Rhome and DJ Deff Jeff.

Along with Ice T and Schooly D, Almighty RSO was among the first acts to record Gangsta rap, predating NWA.


One of their first breakthroughs was winning the ICA B-Town Rap Battle in 1986. In 1988 they released the single, "We're Notorious." Current Boston hip hop favorite Akrobatik said "Initially I would think of RSO Crew who were from here and making any type of noise. Locally, if I turned on the radio, those would be the guys that I would know who they were and follow their songs. I've definitely been checking them out from the beginning." [1]

In 1991, 17-year-old Rodney "Rock" Pitts joined as a MC referred by his cousin Big Hurst who was member of the Legion of Doom, the groups answer to the S1Ws. Rock was stabbed to death by a bouncer at a night club shortly after the group signed a deal with Tommy Boy Records.

In 1994 they released the EP Revenge of da Badd Boyz which created controversy with the single "One in the Chamba," which was inspired by two killings of youths by Boston Police. The Boston Police Patrolman's Association (BPPA) pressed charges against the group under a state law that prohibits inciting assaults against public figures. The Almighty RSO spent a short period being part of Queen Latifah's Flavor Unit, appearing on the album "Rollin' With The Flavor".

In 1996 they produced their first full-length LP Doomsday: Forever RSO which included the singles "You Could Be My Boo" featuring Faith Evans, "The War's On" featuring Mobb Deep and "You'll Never Know.

In 1998, Scott (now known as Benzino) and Ennis (now known as Twice Thou) formed the group Made Men with Cool Gsus and released an album entitled Classic Limited Edition.


|1994 |Revenge of da Badd Boyz


|1996 |Doomsday: Forever RSO


Jost, Matt (2004-08-31). "The Almighty RSO :: Doomsday - Forever RSO". Flash Web Design Exclusive. Retrieved 2008-05-15.