Andre Harrell, Uptown Records Founder, Dies At 59

HipHop News Posted on May 8, 2020 at 7:08pm

Andre Harrell, Uptown Records Founder, Dies At 59

Responsible for the foundation of Uptown Records and landing of acts such as Jodeci and Mary J. Blige, the veteran music executive died on Friday.

Andre Harrell, the innovator of the music exec who founded Uptown Records and discovered a young Sean "Diddy" Combs, has died. He was 59.

The news of Harrell's death was announced during the DJ D-nice nightclub Quarantine Instagram Live mix. The cause of Harrell's death is currently unknown..centered-ad {

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Harrell's vision helped to bring the sounds of New Jack Swing to a wide audience at the end of the 1980s, working with the likes of Terry Riley & Heavy D. After a brief career as an artist in the group Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in the 1980s, decided to become an executive, first under Russell Simmons at Def Jam. After working as a general manager and even the Vice-president of the label, he left Simmons and embarked on the creation of his own label.

He founded Uptown Records, a game of the legendary Mo


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