Music Pioneer Andre Harrell Dies at 59

Music Pioneer Andre Harrell has passed away at the age of 59. DJ D-Nice broke the news to the world overnight (May 9th) and the details surrounding Harrell’s death are still not known and haven’t been released. Andre was raised in the Bronx and loved everything about music. He got into Hip Hop as a member of the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. After a meeting with Def Jam Records Russell Simmons, Andre had a passion for working on the other side of the music business. Shortly thereafter, he was working for Def Jam Records quickly rising to Vice President. But Andre wanted more. He left Def Jam and started his own label, Uptown Records, in New York. Harrell is responsible for breaking artists like Heavy D & The Boyz, Guy, Teddy Riley, Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs, Mary J. Blige, Soul for Real and Jodeci to name a few. In 1991, MCA offered Harrell a multi-media deal in which Andre would go on to produce the TV show New York Undercover and the movie “Strictly Business.” Harrell is also responsible for MTV’s “Unplugged.” The news of Harrell’s death has the music community in total shock. The impact that Andre Harrell had on the music industry was second to none. He will be missed. Condolences go out to his family, friends and fans of his career.

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Holly Robinson Peete took to Twitter to speak about the loss of Andre Harrell


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