Diddy talks about the death of his mentor, Andre Harrell, who discovered him decades ago and set him on the path to fame – and his farewell may tear your eyes apart.
The bad boy honcho posted a video on Monday showing a speech he gave earlier this year after winning an Industry Icon Award at a pre-Grammys gala – where he also denounced the lack of diversity in the world of music – but this time … he emphasized his words for André.
The comments are quite moving – Puffy tells how André took him under his wing, showed him the ins and outs of the game, just rolled the dice and tried his luck. He said he owed a lot of his success to the man – and made sure he knew it.
Diddy worked as an intern at Harrell’s Uptown Records and rose through the ranks to eventually become a talented director, where he oversaw the development of some big stars. In the end, Diddy and Uptown split up … and the rest is history.
In an accompanying legend, Diddy writes … “Honestly, I still can’t believe it. I have to give myself the reality of that in doses. Because I can’t even handle this. I hope to God that you are all blessed to have someone in your life who loves you and believes in you as this man believed in me. … I will miss him so much. I can’t even imagine life without Dre. God bless @gianni, @onealmcknight and the rest of the family. “
He ended by saying: “LOVE YOU FOREVER @andreharrell !!!!!!!!!! “
As we pointed out… Andre – who founded Uptown Records and signed several mega R&B artists on his label in the late 80s and early 90s – deceased during the weekend. Her family told the media that her cause of death was heart failure. He was only 59 years old.
He has received countless tributes from all over Hollywood, but it was Diddy that people wanted to hear … and now they have it.