Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Andre Harrell Recovering from Heart Surgery

Mary J. Blige, Chris Rock, Jay-Z and Warner Music Chairman Lyor Cohen were among the guests gathered at a welcome home party for music mogul Andre Harrell, who had been hospitalized after undergoing heart surgery.

The 48-year old Harrell was hospitalized for an emergency quadruple heart bypass procedure. The operation was conducted to prevent Harrell from succumbing to coronary artery heart disease.

Andre Harrell has been a fixture in the entertainment industry for over 20 years. He first gained success as a member of the early 80s rap duo Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde.

The group spawned several successful singles in "Genius Rap," "Fast Life," and "AM/FM."

After disbanding, Harrell worked with Russell Simmons under his Rush Communications imprint before founding Uptown Records in the late 80s.

Uptown Records would leave Harrell his greatest musical legacy. The label is responsible for starting the career of mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs, who during his time there was responsible for spearheading the signings of Mary J. Blige and Jodeci.

In addition, Harrell's leadership made Uptown one of the top urban labels of the early to mid 90s, with such acts as Guy, Heavy D, Christopher Williams, Monifah, and Soul 4 Real.

According to the New York Post, Sean Combs remained at the hospital throughout Harrell's operation until he was successfully moved to the recovery room.

At press time, Harrell is still convalescing from his major surgery, and has not announced his next professional endeavors.

The welcome home party was held at Harrell's New York home.

"The pioneer who fought for his liberties now has descendants who take them."

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