QUINCY JONES, USHER, MARIAH CAREY, RUSSELL SIMMONS & MORE MOURN THE PASSING OF MUSIC MOGUL, ANDRE HARRELL
Saturday, May 9, 2020
News that New York-native music mogul, one-half of hip hop duo Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde and founder of Uptown Records, Andre Harrell, passed away suddenly at 59 shook the entertainment industry to its core. As Harrell was a musical heavyweight—most notably for his role in the New Jack Swing era, discovering Diddy, and helping shaping the culture of music—Quincy Jones, Mariah Carey, Russell Simmons, John Legend and many more celebrities took to social media to mourn this incredibly devastating and unexpected loss.
Like many others, Mariah Carey was heartbroken over Andre’s passing and described him as “an amazing friend.”
Why Andre 😢😢😢 My heart is breaking and I can’t stop crying. He was an amazing friend and I will miss him forever. 😢
R&B singer John Legend paid homage to Harrell and thanked him for helping “shape the culture.”
RIP Andre Harrell. Whether we knew it or not, he had such a huge influence on the R&B/hip-hop my generation grew up loving. He signed and mentored so many great artists, made so much great music happen, helped shape the culture
Mega-producer Teddy Riley reflected on his “cherished moments” and last conversation with mentor, Andre, right before his record-breaking Verzuz Instagram Battle with Babyface. Teddy also credited Harrell for launching his career and crowned him the “King of New Jack Swing.”
Fellow hip-hop pioneer, Russell Simmons, celebrated the life of his “compassionate” and “good-hearted” best friend and thanked him for the “inspiration, direction and support” he’s selflessly given him over the years.
Missy Elliott described Andre’s smile as “infectious” and named him the “most ICONIC R&B/Hiphop artist in MUSIC.”
😔LEGEND your name sits high. You molded the most ICONIC R&B/Hiphop artist in MUSIC! I met you in the 90’s & you asked me to write 4 Taral Hicks & everytime you saw me you told me to keep writing! Your accomplishments speaks for itself but YOU THE PERSON is who WE LOVE🕊Rip💜 pic.twitter.com/S1gjdf9lKR