Andre Harrell, Founder of Uptown Records, Passes Away
After news of the executive's untimely death was made public, many artists who had worked with Harrell took to social media to honor the late great Andre Harrell
Andre Harrell, music executive and founder of R&B and hip-hop label Uptown Records, has passed away. Details of his death are not yet known, but the news of Harrel's passing was first announced by DJ D-Nice on his Instagram Live on Saturday morning. He was 59 years of age.
Raised in the Bronx, New York, Harrell started a career in music as half of the hip-hop duo Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The pair had small initial success, but Harrell soon changed paths after meeting Def Jam records founder Russell Simmons.
Harrell quickly worked his way up to general manager of the label, but left shortly to start his own label, Uptown Records. The label quickly gained prominence with hits from groups like Heavy-D & The Boyz and Al B.
Harrell discovered Sean Combs and hired him as an intern at Uptown, who later started his own label, Bad Boy, which changed the hip-hop industry forever.
Harrell was announced to be working with BET on a miniseries about the Uptown Records story.