Romeo is back from his 2.5 year hiatus from the business and is moving forward “full throttle” with new music, a new movie and more.
“I took a break from the limelight because I wanted to pursue my education,” he said.
Now in his third year at the University of Southern California, Romeo quit the college basketball team and has time to focus on education and a career in entertainment.
As the CEO and president of No Limit, the label founded by his father Master P, Romeo’s first order of business is his new album, due out in June. That’s not to suggest it’s all about him, though. Romeo said he’ll be traveling the country looking for acts to sign and the venture might become a reality show. "It’s in the works," he said.
For now, he’s focused on his upcoming release. “Famous Girl” will be the first single off Romeo’s Only God Can Judge Me album, which was originally going to be named Masterpiece, before Bobby Brown claimed that title for his upcoming solo LP.
If he has anything to do with it, Romeo said fans might hear the single on an episode of “Dancing With the Stars.”
“I’m trying to work it in there. We’re trying to have it plugged into the show,” said Romeo, who is a contestant on the upcoming season of the dance competition show.
Even if Romeo doesn’t get to dance to his new song, he said fans probably will. “It’s hip hop. It’s crazy. It’s going to make you have fun,” he said.
Romeo, who was originally supposed to perform on the second season of “DWTS,” but couldn’t due to an injury, said he’s practicing 7 hours daily but that it’s not much different than when he was on the basketball team in college.
“Practice is going really well. Me being a college athlete, it’s similar with the hours you have to put in it. It’s like a new sport,” Romeo told S2S.
Although things are progressing nicely, Romeo said he’s got a few things to learn.
“I’m doing the cha cha right now. She [dance partner Chelsie Hightower] tried to get me to move my hips. I’m not really good at moving my hips. We don’t do a lot of that in hip-hop,” said Romeo, who’s also trying to get a grip on the skipping. “I can’t skip for nothing. If I don’t get it done, the 5-year-olds will be laughing at me.”
Romeo’s ready to rise to the challenge, though. “Pressure makes me perform better,” he said.
Hopefully, that’s true since Romeo is working with some serious Black Hollywood celebs in the upcoming film Jumping the Broom, which he thinks will become a classic.
In the movie, Romeo plays Sebastian who’s trying to show the women that he is a grown man. “He can do anything a grown man can do as well or better. It’s a great role and a great movie,” said Romeo.
The 21-year-old seems to have it all together, except when it comes to love. The newly deemed sex symbol said he recently got his heart broken for the first time. “So, I’m single just looking for my Juliet, but I don’t go chasing,” he said, adding, “I think God has a plan for everybody.”
Although he’s depending on God, that doesn’t mean Romeo’s sitting back just counting his stacks. "I don’t want anything given to me. I want to earn everything," he said.
“Dancing With the Stars” premieres Monday at 8 p.m. (EST). Watch the video below as Romeo and Chelsie get ready.
Tracy L. Scott