Al B. Sure Upset He’s Not Apart Of Late Andre Harrell’s Miniseries About The Start Of Uptown Records

Al B. Sure Upset He’s Not Apart Of Late Andre Harrell’s Miniseries About The Start Of Uptown Records

Veteran music exec. Andre Harrell, passed away from heart failure at his West Hollywood, CA, home earlier this year on May 7th. BET Network has decided to move forward with the miniseries that will highlight Andre Harrell’s time at Uptown Records.

Singer Al B. Sure was one of Uptown Records’ first platinum recording artists, and says that he hasn’t heard from anyone regarding the new miniseries.

“Guess what I ain’t heard from nobody, ain’t that funny?” 
He also adds, that before Andre Harrell’s sudden death, Andre Harrell made plans for him to be involved,
“I talked to Andre, Andre said ‘I want you to be a producer I want you to be a writer, I want you and Teddy [Riley] and Eddie to do the music for for the series.’ Guess what since he passed away I ain’t heard from nobody and then I got a message from somebody else through somebody else, ‘no we good he already talked to the writers’ I’m like talk to the writers?”
He continued,
“How are you gonna talk to the writers when I made the first phone call to Andre Harrell about the d*mn start of uptown? Y’all started uptown before me I just made the phone calls to connect Heavy D the first release. I’m the first platinum and number one artist on Uptown. I’ve never said that because I’m not interested in the accolades I don’t care about that, I’m just interested in Andre’s story being told properly.”

BET president Scott Mills spoke on the miniseries and Andre Harrell’s passing in an official statement.

“We are mourning the loss of a cultural icon, Andre Harrell, a chief architect of the modern hip-hop and R&B sound. Andre was tremendously excited about sharing the origin story of Uptown Records, and its pivotal role in the urban music landscape. With his tragic passing, BET is committed to ensuring that the Uptown limited series event tells both the Uptown story and Andre’s story — that of the incredible music innovator, man and friend to so many.”

Before his death, BET announced in December an order for a three-part miniseries about Harrell discovering Uptown Records in 1986. Harrell was expected to serve as an executive producer alongside producer Jesse Collins. His work helped launch the careers of several artists including Mary J. Blige, Sean “Diddy Combs, and Teddy Riley.

When the news broke that Andre Harrell had passed away on Thursday (May 7), several celebrities were left to mourn and reminisce on their time with their dearly departed friend. In honor of his late friend, Babyface performed a tribute song to honor Harrell. The legendary producer also postponed his “Waiting to Exhale” Mother’s Day performance out of respect for Harrell.

Via his Instagram Live, Babyface delivered this message to Harrell:

“To my dear friend, Andre Harrell and his family, it’s so hard to put into words how I feel so I wrote this song for you Dre…I love you man and I’ll miss you.”

Diddy took his sudden passing extremely hard. The Bad Boys Records CEO paid tribute to his former mentor by posting a video, which highlighted Diddy thanking Harrell for his mentorship. The video was apart of a speech that Diddy had given earlier this year at the Pre-Grammy Gala for winning the Industry Icon Award.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which shut down all production companies in mid-March, a timetable for shooting the miniseries has not yet been announced. There is also no premiere date set for the miniseries.

What are your thoughts on Al B. Sure not being asked to be a part of Andre Harrell’s miniseries? Let us know in the comments!

Authored by: Demi Lobo