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Andre Harrell

In May, founder of Uptown Records and influential music and media mogul Andre Harrell died at the age of 59 in West Hollywood, California. The American producer was one of the first high-level visionaries of hip hop and R&B within the music industry and is credited with giving Diddy his start in the business.

Being raised in the Bronx, Harrell’s leap into the industry began as a rapper in the duo Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde. His trajectory from an artist to an executive only grew upwards from there. The Revolt Network, where Harrell served as the vice chairman, summed up Harrell’s impact in a major way. The outlet said, “Andre’s impact on hip-hop and the culture and on us has been immeasurable and profound. May he Rest In Peace.”

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