Andre Harrell, a veteran music government greatest recognized for signing a younger Sean Combs to his first document deal and later went on to move Motown Data, has died. He was 59. The reason for dying is as but unclear.
DJ D Good revealed the unhappy information whereas spinning on Instagram Stay for his fashionable Membership Quarantine sequence. Selection has but to obtain official phrase although sources have confirmed Harrell’s passing.
A local of New York, Harrell teamed with Russell Simmons, the founding father of Def Jam Data, and had one in all his early experiences within the enterprise working as a vice chairman and later GM of the label. He left to begin his document firm, Uptown Data, the place he signed Sean “Puffy” Combs. He later attend Mary J. Blige to a deal and noticed success with each artists within the late 1980s and into the 1990s.
Harrell would later discover a residence at MCA productions the place he developed a number of initiatives in movie and tv all through the 1990s. ,
Harrell returned to the music enterprise full-time in 1995 to run Motown Data as CEO. By that period, Motown was residence such acts as Boyz II Males and Johnny Gill.
Harrell and Combs remained longtime associates and enterprise associates and Harrell served as vice chairman of Revolt, Combs’ multi-platform music community, and a producer on its panel present “State of the Tradition.”
A pioneer of hip-hop and R&B, Harrell was additionally a staunch advocate for black leisure and might be seen at many crimson carpet occasions on each coasts. He seems in Diddy’s 2017 documentary
Can’t Cease, Gained’t Cease: A Dangerous Boy Story” and, in accordance with IMDB, had been engaged on a remedy for a miniseries about Uptown.
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