Music executive Andre Harrell, who mentored P. Diddy and other top musicians is no more.
As per the CEO of REVOLT Media & TV, Roma Khanna, music executive Andre Harrell has died of heart failure. He was 59.
Khanna said in a statement,
We can confirm the passing of Andre Harrell.
The CEO continued, "Everyone in the REVOLT family is devastated by the loss of our friend, mentor and Vice Chairman. Andre's impact on Hip Hop, the culture and on all of us personally has been immeasurable and profound. May he Rest In Peace."
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Harrell is recognised in the hip-hop and music industries for his remarkable influence. According to the Combs Enterprises website, he is credited with mentoring Combs as well as identifying and promoting the careers of numerous musicians and entertainers.
The website said, "Known to have the midas touch when it came to discovering and developing talent, Andre was responsible for changing the sound of R&B music and crossing artist and executives over into what was then known as 'pop culture.'"
Harrell was the founder of the record label, Uptown Records while he also served as the president/CEO of Motown Records. In addition, he was the first part of the Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde hip hop team. Meanwhile, the record producer is perhaps best recognized as the guy who made Diddy a music icon.
The news of Harrell's passing struck hard to the hip-hop world at the weekend. Rapper and actor Ice T took to Twitter to express his sorrow.