Romeo (English rapper)

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Birth name Marvin Dawkins
Also known as Romeo
MC Romeo
Romeo Dunn
Born (1980-10-23) 23 October 1980 (age 37)
Origin Battersea, London, England
Genres UK garage, grime, hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper
Years active 1998–present
Labels Relentless Records (2002–2003)
Maffia Recordz
Associated acts So Solid Crew, Lisa Maffia

Marvin Dawkins[1] (born 23 October 1980), better known by his stage name Romeo or MC Romeo, is an English rapper and MC.


Romeo first found fame in the garage group So Solid Crew, having grown up on and around the notorious Surrey Lane, Winstanley and Badric Court estates of Battersea. He subsequently had a solo career. He got his name Romeo due to his smoothness with the ladies.[citation needed]

Romeo released his solo album Solid Love in November 2002, through Relentless records, the label that No Solid had just left for Independiente.

He enjoyed two top 10 singles, "Romeo Dunn'em" which reached No. 3 in the UK Singles Chart in 2002, and secondly a duet with Christina Milian, "It's All Gravy Baby", which reached No. 9 in the UK Singles Chart in the same year.[1]

However, only a disappointing 40,000 copies sold of his album, peaking at No. 46 in the UK Albums Chart. In March 2003, Relentless filed for bankruptcy with debts of £3m.[1][2]

In 2004, Romeo appeared in the reality show The Games, and returned to the series to compete in the Champion of Champions contest in 2006. Romeo also featured in a gameshow called Fool Around With... Romeo on Channel 4 in 2005, in which he had to guess which girl out of four was single.

Romeo appeared in an episode of Don't Tell the Bride on BBC Three on 22 September 2009, as the best man for his brother, Darnell Dawkins.

Romeo is currently signed to So Solid's Lisa Maffia's record label, Maffia Recordz. A second album, announced for release during 2008, has not yet materialised. In 2009, Romeo and fellow members of So Solid Crew attempted a musical comeback with the single "Since You Went Away".[citation needed]

Romeo appeared in Celebrity Big Brother 2012 up until his eviction on 25 January 2012 just narrowly missing out on the final.


In 2001, at his 21st birthday concert, there was an incident that led to an audience member being rushed to hospital with suspected gunshot wounds. So Solid Crew were keen to distance themselves from the violence and released a statement stating that they 'abhor' violence and wished for it to stop. Police later found a 9mm Beretta handgun.[3]

In August 2004, Romeo was charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and violent disorder after slashing the face of Ejay Armstrong with a knife, leaving a 16 cm gash, when it was alleged that he joined friends in a dispute after a night out in London's Leicester Square.[4]

In June 2005, the jury failed to reach a verdict against him and the prosecution was suspended. However, Romeo's brother Julian Dawkins and friend Darren Moore were cleared of all charges against them and did not face a retrial.[5]

During the retrial in November 2005, he told the jury that he had been trying to act as peacemaker and was found not guilty of wounding with intent when the prosecution decided not to continue the case.[6][7]



Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
Solid Love 46


Song Year Peak chart positions Album
"Romeo Done"
(featuring Lisa Maffia, Thug Angel & Tiger S)
2002 3 Solid Love
"It's All Gravy"
(featuring Christina Milian)

As a featured artist[edit]

Song Year Peak chart positions
"I See Girls (Crazy)"
(Studio B featuring Romeo & Harry Brooks)
2005 52
"Don't Stop The Music"
(Lisa Maffia featuring Romeo & Tyler Daley)
2012 TBA


  1. ^ a b c Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 469. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ Jamie Jackson (26 October 2006). "A history of So Solid Crew | Music | Observer Music Monthly". London: Guardian. Retrieved 15 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "So Solid Crew Party Shooting 'Happened Inside Club' | News". Nme.Com. 1 November 2001. Retrieved 15 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Rap star 'slashed man's face' | Mail Online". London: 2 November 2005. Retrieved 15 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "Romeo Jury Fail To Reach Verdict". 30 June 2005. Retrieved 15 August 2013. 
  6. ^ "UK | England | London | Rapper Romeo is cleared of attack". BBC News. 16 November 2005. Retrieved 15 August 2013. 
  7. ^ Press Association (17 November 2005). "Rapper Romeo cleared of car park attack | UK news". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 15 August 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "ROMEO – Artist – Official Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  9. ^ a b " Chart Log UK: The Rabble Army – RZA". Retrieved 6 January 2011. 
  10. ^ "Certified Awards Search: Romeo". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  11. ^ "STUDIO B – Artist – Official Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  12. ^ " Chart Log UK: TDJ S – The System Of Life". Retrieved 6 January 2011. 

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