‘He Revived R&B’: The Legacy Of Andre Harrell And Uptown Records

Over the weekend, hip-hop and R&B lost one of its most influential moguls, Andre Harrell. Memorials poured in over social media from friends and celebrities who worked with Harrell over the years, citing him and Uptown Records, the label he founded in 1986, as one of the most influential forces in the entertainment industry. The label helped create the New Jack Swing sound, blending hip-hop and R&B, launched the careers of Mary J. Blige and Sean Diddy Combs and became a guiding light for hip-hop culture in the 1980s and ’90s…


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