Andre Harrell, director of MUSIC, who discovered Sean “Diddy” Combs and founded Uptown Records, was found dead at 59.
DJ D-Nice first announced the death of the tycoon on Instagram Live in his Club Quarantine series.
The cause of death for the star is not yet known.
Andre grew up in the Bronx, New York, and began his career in the early 1980s as a member of the hip-hop pair Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
Their song “Genius Rap” hit number 31 on Billboard’s Hot R&B song board.
But after meeting Def Jam Records founder Russell Simmons, Andre turned his career around.
He quickly became vice president and general manager of Def Jam, then moved to create his own label Uptown Records.
In Uptown, Andre became best known for signing Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs, but as an intern rather than an artist.
Sean became a talented director and worked with R&B stars like Mary J. Blige and Jodeci.
Andre fired Sean in 1993 and told The Wall Street Journal in 2014, “I knew it was time for him to grow up. “
From there, Sean launched the Bad Boy label with The Notorious B.I.G. as his best artist.
Later, Andre then produced television shows and films, including the 1991 comedy Strictly Business.
He left Uptown Records in 1995 to settle in Motown.
In the early 2000s, he helped launch Robin Thicke’s career.
Andrew became vice president of REVOLT, Diddy’s music television network in 2013 and the multiplatform brand.
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At the end of last year, BET announced that the network would transform the history of Uptown Records into a scripted mini-series.
Andre told The Hollywood Reporter in December: “I am delighted to partner with BET Networks and Jesse Collins Entertainment to share my story, the rise of Uptown Records and the success of black entrepreneurship, as well as the management and culture of some of the most iconic artists to come. from the late 80s and 90s, hip-hop, R&B and soul music. “
Director Ava DuVernary tweeted about the R&B tycoon: “Greeting Andre Harrell. The architect of so much music, so much culture. “
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