What We Know About The Andre Harrell BET Mini-Series Thus Far

by Jeremy Spirogis
Andre Harrell and Diddy

The music world continues to be mourning the sudden demise of file govt, Andre Harrell. Harrell was referred to as the founding father of one of the profitable labels of R&B and hip hop acts of the late 80s and 90s. He’s additionally credited with serving to to delivery the sound of grimier R&B, making hip hop trend a contender, and popularizing the New Jack Swing sound. Harrell additionally was the manager producer of the FOX drama, New York Undercover. Fans will see Harrell’s affect in an upcoming BET mini-series.

Andre Harrell and Diddy
Andre Harrell and Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs 1995 | Catherine McGann/Getty Images

Andre Harrell mini-series to deal with Uptown Records

BET introduced in December 2019 {that a} three-part mini-series about Harrell birthing Uptown Records was greenlit. 

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Harrell was to function an govt producer on the mission, in addition to Jesse Collins. Collins’ credit embrace the profitable BET mini-series The New Edition Story and The Bobby Brown Story, each of which drew hundreds of thousands of viewers and broke numbers throughout social media engagement.

Harrell based Uptown in 1986 after leaving Def Jam Records the place he labored alongside its founder, Russell Simmons. Uptown was a three way partnership take care of MCA. Harrell’s imaginative and prescient revolved round discovering city expertise with crossover enchantment, but by some means discovering a method to put R&B into the forefront. He did simply that. 

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The label was essential of launching or enjoying a pivotal function within the careers of a number of the biggest R&B and hip hop acts of the 90s, together with Diddy, Mary J. Blige, Heavy D & The Boyz, Jodeci, Al B. Sure, Christopher Williams, Teddy Riley, and The Notorious B.I.G.

Each episode promised to take viewers from the label’s inception to the present day and embrace the music that outlined the period. 

The mini-series will proceed regardless of Andre Harrell’s sudden demise

Harrell’s demise was introduced throughout DJ D-Nice’s ‘Club Quarantine’ on May 7. During Nice’s Instagram reside set, he broke the devastating information to his a whole bunch of 1000’s of listeners.

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Harrell’s ex-wife, Wendle Credle, later revealed that Harrell had been battling coronary heart issues. It was rumored that Harrell suffered a coronary heart assault at his house in West Hollywood through the late night of May 7 and didn’t get better.

Despite the tragic information, the mini-series is ready to go ahead. BET introduced their determination to maneuver ahead in an official assertion, with the community’s president Scott Mills saying,

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We are mourning the lack of a cultural icon, Andre Harrell, a chief architect of the fashionable hip-hop and R&B sound. Andre was tremendously enthusiastic about sharing the origin story of Uptown Records, and its pivotal function within the city music panorama. With his tragic passing, BET is dedicated to making sure that the Uptown restricted sequence occasion tells each the Uptown story and Andre’s story — that of the unimaginable music innovator, man and friend to so many.

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Due to COVID-19, manufacturing was halted on the sequence. As of now, there have been no casting selections. A manufacturing begin date and premiere date for the sequence is at present unknown. The sequence was initially set to premiere in late 2020. It is feasible that all the pieces will likely be pushed again to 2021. 

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The sequence now has a extra private take, because the community and its creators plan to honor Harrell’s wonderful work and legacy. 

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