Legendary music maven and founding father of Uptown Records and co-founding father of REVOLT, Andre Harrell has died. He used to be 59.
Harrell’s death used to be first launched by Derrick Jones, a disc jockey who is identified by his stage name, D-Nice, for the duration of his „Membership Quarantine“ sets on Instagram Friday night.
Roma Khanna, the CEO of REVOLT Media and Television, confirmed Harrell’s death on Saturday afternoon in a commentary to ABC Files.
„Everyone within the REVOLT household is devastated by the loss of our friend, mentor and Vice Chairman. Andre’s impression on Hip Hop, the culture and on all of us in my realizing has been immeasurable and profound. Would per chance he Leisure In Peace,” stated Khanna Roma.
Harrell’s motive within the help of death has no longer been confirmed.
One of Harrell’s final Instagram posts on Would per chance 7 used to be a narrate and caption about Ahmaud Arbery — a African American man shot and killed by two white men who idea he used to be a burglary suspect — that ended with „#justiceforahmaud.“
Harrell additionally posted a selfie with his son Gianni Harrell on Would per chance 3 with the caption „I leave out Father & son Saturday’s @Gianni.“
Born within the Original York and raised within the Bronx, Harrell’s music profession started within the early 1980s as one half of the hip hop neighborhood Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. As Dr. Jekyll, Harrell and Alonzo Brown who used to be Mr. Hyde, had been signed to Profile Records the set up they released one album „The Champagne of Rap“ in 1985.
Harrell moved on from being in entrance of the microphone and into the background when he used to be hired by Russell Simmons at Def Jam Records. While there, Harrell worked his manner as much as vice president and stylish supervisor of the designate, but left in 1986 to launch his non-public designate — Uptown Records.
Uptown Records signed classic R&B and hip-hop artists relish Al B. Obvious, the neighborhood Man which incorporated producer Teddy Riley and the tiring Heavy D & The Boyz.
As the leader of the designate, Harrell hired Sean Combs, who is at this time identified as „Diddy,“ as an intern. Combs moved as much as alter correct into a expertise supervisor for the designate who developed the careers of Mary J. Blige and Jodeci until he used to be fired by Harrell in 1993, in accordance with Billboard. Combs went on to came upon Rotten Boy Records.
Twenty years later, Harrell and Combs teamed as much as launch REVOLT television, a multi-platform designate that hosts music conferences.
In December, Dim Leisure Television launched it used to be working with Harrell to carry the Uptown Records chronicle to life as a 2020 three-night scripted miniseries, in accordance with Billboard.
Sympathy and condolences posts delight in poured in on social media from celebrities relish Simmons.