Music Executive Andre Harrell Dead at 59
Written by B87FM on May 9, 2020
Andre Harrell has died on the age of 59.
The legendary music government based the influential label Uptown Information within the late 1980s, and paved the way in which for Sean “Diddy” Combs’ profession. He died Thursday night time at his residence in West Hollywood, Calif. His ex-wife, Wendy Credle, stated that the reason for demise was coronary heart failure and that Harrell suffered from coronary heart issues for a while, in keeping with The New York Instances.
DJ D-Good was first to share the heartbreaking information whereas internet hosting his common Membership Quarantine collection on Instagram Reside on Friday night time.
Harrell, born Andre O’Neal Harrell within the Bronx on Sep. 26, 1960, began his profession as one-half of Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde, the rap duo behind profitable singles together with 1981’s “Genius Rap” and 1984’s “A.M./P.M.” In 1983, Harrell teamed up with Russell Simmons at Def Jam and served as vp and normal supervisor of the label, working with artists together with Run-DMC, LL Cool J, and Whodini.
He left to start out his personal document firm, Uptown Information, in 1986, and helped launch the careers of Jodeci, Al B. Certain!, Man, and Heavy D and the Boyz. Harrell additionally signed a teenage Mary J. Blige within the late ’80s, and opened the door for The Infamous B.I.G., who Diddy found whereas at Uptown earlier than signing him to Dangerous Boy Information in 1993.
“My objective is to convey actual black America — simply as it’s, not watered down — to folks all over the place by means of music, by means of movies, by means of all the pieces we do,” Harrell advised the Los Angeles Instances in 1992.
Diddy has but to deal with his demise. In January, he paid tribute to his mentor whereas accepting the Trade Icon Award at The Recording Academy and Clive Davis’ Pre-Grammy Gala, likening him to a father determine. “I advised him I’d wash vehicles, give up college — something — a priceless likelihood to be in your presence,” Diddy advised The New York Instances in 2005.
The music neighborhood is mourning the devastating loss whereas honoring Harrell’s legacy. Associates together with Mariah Carey, L.A. Reid, Russell Simmons, Usher, and Teddy Riley paid tribute to him on social media. “We’ve misplaced one of many biggest mentors in my life,” stated Riley, whereas Carey added, “My coronary heart is breaking and I can’t cease crying. He was an incredible good friend and I’ll miss him without end.”
Why Andre 😢😢😢 My coronary heart is breaking and I can’t cease crying. He was an incredible good friend and I’ll miss him without end. 😢
— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) Could 9, 2020
Ahh man😢 My brother my good friend my mentor wow …We simply spoke and your power was approach up. Your spirits have been so excessive 🙏🏽I might of by no means predict that you just was in your approach residence King🙏🏽 Thanks for all the time supporting good… https://t.co/VcihfB5GWB
— SWIZZ BEATZ (@THEREALSWIZZZ) Could 9, 2020
Dude. #AndreHarrell man.
He gave you the perfect soundtracks of your life man and also you didn’t even understand it. We by no means gave him his flowers.
He redefined the get together!
Def Jan was the artform.
Dangerous Boy was the perspective… https://t.co/mPD2R8MZK1
— Maintain On Be Sturdy (@questlove) Could 9, 2020
RIP Andre Harrell. Whether or not we knew it or not, he had such an enormous affect on the R&B/hip-hop my technology grew up loving. He signed and mentored so many nice artists, made a lot nice music occur, helped form the tradition
— John Legend (@johnlegend) Could 9, 2020
😔LEGEND your title sits excessive. You molded probably the most ICONIC R&B/Hiphop artist in MUSIC! I met you within the 90’s & you requested me to write down four Taral Hicks & everytime you noticed me you advised me to maintain writing! Your accomplishments speaks for itself however YOU THE PERSON is who WE LOVE🕊Rip💜 pic.twitter.com/S1gjdf9lKR
— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) Could 9, 2020
I’m utterly fucked up on the lack of The Godfather @iamAndreHarrell 😭😭😭 at an entire loss for phrases. Was my mentor, trainer, forefather, and all the time rooted for me. I like you and I hate this!!!! RIP King!! https://t.co/WNSMnZNzSn
— Busta Rhymes (@BustaRhymes) Could 9, 2020