Tayyib’s Beat: Andre Harrell Exclusive Philly360 Interview

Tayyib Smith recently interviewed Andre Harrell for Philly360. Take a look here.

I first became aware of Andre Harrell as a kid.  Back then, he was known as “Dr. Jeckyll” via hit singles with MC partner Alonzo “Mr. Hyde” Brown and for being a founding member of the “Harlem World Crew.”

He stood out in the industry by wearing designer suits and ties while he rapped. Mr. Harrell’s onstage image might seem like a precursor to his future of being one of the top music executives in the business.

What other executives in the music business can say they interned for Kenny Gamble, worked as Russel Simmons’ first VP, and kicked started the careers of music moguls and industry leaders, Lyor Cohen and Sean “Diddy” Combs?  Before there was a Def Jam and Bad Boy Records, there was Uptown Records, a label that he started, which laid the template for what a hip-hop label should be.