On May 8, 2020 Hip-Hop lost a giant, ANDRE HARRELL, founder of UPTOWN RECORDS, former president/CEO of MOTOWN RECORDS and one half of Hip-Hop duo DR. JEKYLL & MR. HYDE.
ANDRE was born and raised in the Bronx, N.Y. He was an ambitious young man, determined to be successful despite his humble beginnings. After graduating high school and attending Lehman College for a couple of years, he dropped out to pursue his dream of becoming a newscaster. He would soon morph into so much more…
Everything changed when ANDRE met Russell Simmons and began working for Def Jam. Within two years his intelligence and drive earned him the title of vice-president and general manager.
Now fully aware of his potential, ANDRE left Def Jam and founded his own label, UPTOWN RECORDS. He discovered several Hip-Hop acts including Heavy D. and The Boyz, Groove B.Chill, Finesse & Synquis and most notably Sean “P-Diddy” Combs and Mary J. Blige.
He pioneered a new sound fusing Hip-Hop and R&B that would shake the world and he wouldn’t stop at music. He also developed the 90’s hit drama series “New York Undercover“, starring Malik Yoba and Michael DeLorenzo, and produced numerous soundtracks for Universal Pictures and Universal Television.
More recently, ANDRE served as Vice-Chairman of Revolt and was instrumental in launching the Revolt Music Conference. A true visionary, he was always creating and expanding the Hip-Hop movement.
He unselfishly contributed so much of himself and his talents to the industry. The extensive catalogue of music and media created and produced by ANDRE’s record labels and entertainment groups are a major part of Hip-Hop’s culture and history.
His mantra was simple, “Success isn’t just about what you accomplish in your life, it’s about what you inspire others to do.“ Mr. ANDRE HARRELL, your influence will forever be felt. We send our deepest condolences to his family, friends and loved ones.
REST IN POWER KING 👑
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