|Birth name||Jerome Isaac Jones|
|Also known as||Romeo, Young Rome|
October 25, 1981 |
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Genres||R&B, hip hop|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, producer, songwriter, actor|
|Years active||1992–2002 (Immature/IMx)
|Labels||TUG Entertainment, Universal Records|
|Associated acts||IMx, Omarion, Marques Houston, Lil Fizz|
Jerome Isaac Jones (born October 25, 1981), better known by his stage names Romeo or Young Rome, is an American rapper, singer and actor. He is a former member of R&B singing group Immature/IMx and released his solo debut album, Food for Thought, in 2004.
Jones was a founding member of R&B group Immature/IMx, which included members Marques "Batman" Houston and Kelton "LDB" Kessee and was managed by Chris Stokes. Jones' nickname at this time was "Romeo". The group released four albums under the name Immature: On Our Worst Behavior (1992), Playtyme Is Over (1994), We Got It (1995) and The Journey (1997). In 1999, the group underwent a name change and continued on to release two albums under the name IMx: Introducing IMx (1999) and IMx (2001). The group also branched out into film (such as House Party 4: Down to the Last Minute) and television (such as A Different World) before disbanding in 2002.
His Solo career
Food for Thought
In 2004, Jones began pursuing a solo career. Under the name Young Rome, he released his debut album on June 24, 2004 entitled Food for Thought. The album featured the singles "After Party" (featuring former B2K member Omarion) and "Freaky" (featuring rapper Guerilla Black).
In 2005, Jones continued to work with former bandmate Marques Houston. He made a guest appearance on Houston's album Naked (2005) in a song entitled "All Because of You". Jones had also begun work on a project tentatively titled, Round 1, which was set to see a release in 2006. Two contending singles were released but failed to obtain the media attention Jones' label had hoped for thus resulting a cancellation of the album.
|2004||Food for Thought|
|2006||Round 1 (Unreleased)|
|2004||"After Party" (featuring Omarion) & Marques Houston||Food for Thought|
|2004||"Freaky" (featuring Guerilla Black)|
|2005||"For Your Love" (featuring Marques Houston)||Round 1|
|2006||"Silly of Me" (featuring Needa S.)|
|2009||"Love You More" (featuring Omarion)||TBA|
|1993||A Different World||Crayton Adams|
|1996||The Parent 'Hood||Himself|
|1994||House Party 3||Jerome|
|2001||House Party 4: Down to the Last Minute||Mark|
|2004||You Got Served||Sonny|
|2007||Feel the Noise||Himself|
Throughout most of his career with Immature/IMx, Jones wore an eye patch over his right eye, leading to speculation that Jones had an eye condition. However, Jones later clarified the situation in a verse from his song "Look Down On Me", featured on his debut album Food For Thought:
|“||I remember when Brandy Norwood hit me in my eye. I had a detached retina (and) my lens came out, I had to have three eye surgeries. And she thought we'd never be cool again. But I put that on my life, I love her to death. If she hear me talking, I know she can hear the honesty in my voice and my sincerity.||”|
Jones has also stated that he was hit in the eye with a book.
- "Young Rome Biography". Retrieved 2008-02-05. ArtistDirect.com