Romeo is one of the original members of So Solid Crew, who were widely credited for changing the UK urban music scene and paving the way for many present day acts & artists. The collective has been considered an English Wu-Tang Clan and was a ground-breaking act. They forged a notorious reputation for attracting media controversy.
So Solid Crew are an urban musical collective from South London, whose hits include Oh No (Sentimental Things) and 21 Seconds (both featuring Romeo), the latter reaching number one in the UK Singles Chart in August 2001. The single also won Best British Video at the 2002 BRIT Awards and that same year So Solid collected numerous awards at the MOBOs. Another hit, They Don’t Know, reached No.3 in November 2001 and Haters got to No.8 in January 2002. Ride Wid Us was a UK No.19 in April 2002. They released a single,Broken Silence which spoke out about government prejudice which they felt they had faced (number 9 in the UK charts). Oxide & Neutrino from So Solid enjoyed a number 1 with Bound 4 Da Reload (Casualty) in May 2000 (which went silver and sold in excess of 250,000) and follow ups No Good 4 Me which featured Romeo and went to No. 6 in the charts, again going silver and selling over 250,000.
So Solid collectively enjoyed 11 Top Ten’s including 2 number 1s and they dominated the charts for a good few years in the early 2000s. So Solid’s success was considered an inspiration for modern Urban artists and helped to pave the way for the commercial recognition of acts such as Roll Deep, Dizzee Rascal, N-Dubz, Tinchy Stryder and Chipmunk.
Right from So Solid Crew’s debut release on Relentless Records in the autumn of 2000, you could hear that Romeo was something special. Hyperactive, yet silky smooth, frenetic yet laid-back, his verbal signature was as instantly recognisable as anyone on the other side of the Atlantic – from Eminem to Slick Rick. Even while Romeo’s unique rapping style was helping to get So Solid off the ground, his lyrical talents were crying out for a solo deal.
His debut solo single Romeo Dunn (which featured Lisa Maffia) and his second single, Its All Gravy (which featured USA artist Christina Milian) were both massive top ten hits, Romeo Dunn reaching No.3 in the UK Singles Chart in 2002 and It’s All Gravy reaching No.4 in the UK Singles Chart in the same year.
Romeo was also one of the contestants on The Games 2004 on Channel 4 and E4 in April 2004 and returned to The Games in March 2005 for ‘The Champion of Champions’ competition.
More recently, Romeo has also been involved in hosting club nights and as a figurehead for the UK urban music industry. He has currently invested his time in searching for new music artists who he mentors and produces for.
On January 5th 2012 he entered the Celebrity Big Brother house where he was greeted with a roaring great reception on both his entrance and on his exit. He performed with So Solid Crew for an exclusive reunion on the show’s finale episode and his time in the house allowed many to see another side to his edgy and credible character, with the word ‘gentleman’ being repeatedly expressed to describe him throughout the series.