Andre Harrell’s label, Uptown Records, launched the careers of Mary J. Blige, Teddy Riley, Heavy D & The Boyz, Al B. Sure!, and Sean “Diddy” Combs.
“I wanna take the time to thank Andre for being a big brother, for believing in me,” the video, which seems to come from a speech Diddy gave before, begins. “I’m only standing up here because you gave me the chance. You gave me the opportunity.”
“As a Black man, you took me underneath your wing. You were patient with me and you taught me and you talked to me,” Diddy continues. “You believed in me, annd you kept teaching me, even until today you still teach me.”
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I’ve got to give myself the reality of this in doses. Because I can’t even handle this. I hope to God that you are all blessed to have someone in your life that loves you and believes in you like this man believed in me.… I’m going to miss him so much. I can’t even imagine life without Dre. God bless @gianni, @onealmcknight and the rest of the family. 🖤✊🏿 LOVE YOU FOREVER @andreharrell !!!!!!!!!!
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“…I told you my father died when I was two-and-a-half,” he says toward the end of the video. “Andre, you’ve been my father for the last 30 years.”
Harrell, who died of heart failure, was one of hip-hop’s earliest moguls. His label, Uptown Records, launched the careers of Mary J. Blige, Teddy Riley, Heavy D & The Boyz, Al B. Sure!, and Diddy.