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90’s Trailblazer Andre Harrell Passes Away At

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The year 2020 has been quite the sporadic year of ups and downs. The legendary Rock N Roll architect Little Richard has died on the same weekend as the 1990’s iconic label owner Andre Harrell.

The music world was first introduced to Diddy, Mary J. Blige, Heavy D & The Boyz, Jodeci, and more by Andre Harrell. He died on May 8 at the age of 59. His cause of death is unknown at this time and he leaves behind one child, his son, Gianni.

Andre Harrell was a person that bridged the generation gap as he worked with Motown icons of Diana Ross and Stevie Wonder. His creative vision saw he could translate that same soul to hip hop when he launched Uptown Records. BET was in the works of creating a mini series that would visualize the empire he created. He really appreciated the pioneers of black music such as Quincy Jones.

In 2017, Andre took part in Reuters’ Life Lessons series, where he explained his advice as a music mogul, and father.

“Do something that makes you feel happy, so it doesn’t feel like working,” he said, explaining his father’s work in a Bronx produce market left him dissatisfied and unhappy.

“That experience made me move toward something I really wanted to do because otherwise I would feel trapped like him. Sometimes negative experiences can lead you in a positive direction,” he said.

His last Instagram post was quite telling of his positive nature even in these tumultuous times of the coronavirus pandemic.

The world of music mourns the passing of the legend and icon below!