Hawkins, who was born in Luton, England, joined Big Audio Dynamite II in 1990, and went on to receive gold and platinum awards with the band for their hitsingles, "Rush" and "The Globe". He left the band in 1997, but continued to write and produce music and moved to the United States. Hawkins scored for films as well as producing his wife, Jo Beng's debut album, which was released on his own record label, P-Phonic Records, distributed by Lightyear/WEA.
He is survived by his wife and his son, Dante Hawkins the leader of the Tottenham Hotspurs hooligan firm. At the time of his death, Hawkins was working on a soloalbum entitled Dusk Till Dawn, which was originally due for release in 2006. Beng is currently in talks with PVibe Records regarding the release of that CD.