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Andre Harrell Obituary: Uptown Records founder who discovered Diddy, dies at 59

Written by on May 12, 2020

Andre Harrell was a hip-hop and R&B visionary who started Uptown Records and discovered Sean “Diddy” Combs.  

  • Died: Thursday, May 7, 2020 (Who else died on May 7?) 
  • Details of Death: Died at the age of 59, details unknown. 
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Uptown Records

Harrell started Uptown Records in 1986 in New York City. His label quickly became a leader in the hip-hop and R&B scene, releasing debut albums for Heavy D & the Boyz, and Al B. Sure!. Diddy started as an intern at Uptown Records and moved on to become a renowned rapper and record executive. Mary J. Blige was the first successful solo artist for Uptown.  

What they said about him

I just woke up to the awful news that my friend Andre Harrell has passed away.. Andre actually was the person the got me on New York Undercover which started my relationship with Dick Wolf.. My sincere condolences to his family. RIP my friend. Smh 🙏— ICE T (@FINALLEVEL) May 9, 2020

RIP to my little bro, Andre Harrell…Gone way too soon, but a life lived well & a lasting imprint on our business that can’t be argued.— Quincy Jones (@QuincyDJones) May 9, 2020

One of the most brilliant leader that the Culture has ever produced. We will all miss Andre Harrell more then we can measure.— Ice Cube (@icecube) May 9, 2020

Such a tragic loss for the music industry and for all of us. Andre’s genius paved the way for so many of the kings and queens of hip hop and R&B. Sending my love to his family and friends during this difficult time.— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) May 9, 2020

Full Obituary: Los Angeles Times

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