Andre Harrell, a veteran music executive best known as the founder of Uptown Records, where Sean "Puffy" Combs got his start in the business, who later went on to head Motown Records, has died.
Harrell is widely known for being responsible for starting Sean "Diddy" Combs' incredible career in music by hiring him as an A&R at Uptown Records, the record label founded by Harrell. In 2013, Harrell was hired as the Vice Chairman of Revolt TV, Puff's latest multi-media platform. Harrell rose to vice president and general manager, working with Run-DMC, LL Cool J and Whodini. Both innovators and pioneers, Little Richard and Andre Harrell elevated and pushed pop culture forward. "May he Rest In Peace", said Khanna Roma. Uptown also released Notorious B.I.G.'s first single, 1993's "Party and Bull--", which was featured on a film soundtrack. The label is where a young Diddy cut his teeth in the industry as an intern before he formed his own successful label, Bad Boy Entertainment.
He was also at one time a rapper himself as one-half of the 1980s group, Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde. Andre posted an inspirational message on his Instagram account that same day that talked about how tough 2020 has been amid the global coronavirus pandemic.
"Andre Harrell influenced me the most and I don't know if that will ever change", Diddy said in an interview with HipHollywood. Notably, he served as an executive producer for the hit TV show, "New York Undercover" in the '90s.
In December, it was revealed that Andre had signed up to work with BET to bring the Uptown Records story to life as a scripted miniseries.
Sympathy and condolences posts have poured in on social media from celebrities like Simmons.