Andrew Harrell died in New York on May 9.
News of Andrew Harrell’s death was first announced on Twitter.
African American journalist Roland Martin said, “BREAKING NEWS: While@djdnice was spinning tone on IG Live in #ClubQuarantine, he announced thatlegendary music man Andre Harrell has died. He was 59. Just standing. Harrellfounded Uptown Records and Paved the way for many in the music industry. #RolandMartinUnfiltered.”I said, “Yes.
Andrew Harrell has been in the music industry for 40 years, starting his career as a half-time rap industry duo Dr Jeckyl and Mr Hyde.
In 1983, Harrell began working with Russell Simmons at Def Jam Records, and before that he founded Ravel Uptown Records, which found Sean Dids.
He later brought Mary J. Blige to the list and was successful with two artists in the late 1980s and 1990s:
Harrell later found Uptown’s home in MCA Productions, and developed several projects in 1990s films and TV, including the film and soundtrack “Strictly Business”. In 1995 he ran Motown Records as CEO; in that time, the label was home to acts such as Boyz II Men, Jodeci and Al B. Sure.
Harrell and Combs remained longtime friends and business associates, while Harrell served as vice president of Combs’ multi-platform music network, Revolt, and was a producer on the panel show “State of the Culture”.
Hip-hop and R & B pioneers, and generally Black Entertainment is Harrell’s general producer, and can be seen at many red carpet events on both coasts. He appeared in Diddy’s 2017 documentary “Ca n’t Stop, Wo n’t Stop: ABad Boy Story”, and according to IMDB, was working on a TV mini-series about Uptown, which was in the development stage of BET.The three-part mini-series called “Uptown” selected Harrell as the general producer and will hit the airwaves in 2020.