Heather B. Gardner

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Heather B. Gardner
Gardner at a September 13, 2011 book signing for Common's memoir in Manhattan
Background information
Also known asHeather B.
BornNovember 13
GenresRap, hip hop
Occupation(s)rapper, actress, reality television personality
Years active1991–present
LabelsElektra, Pendulum Records, MCA Records, Sai Records International, GIWOM Entertainment
Associated actsBoogie Down Productions, M.O.P.

Heather B. Gardner (born November 13)[1] billed professionally as Heather B., is an American hip hop artist who first gained fame as a member of the hip hop group Boogie Down Productions before becoming a cast member on The Real World: New York, the first season of MTV's reality show The Real World.[2]


From February 16 to May 18, 1992, Gardner filmed The Real World: New York, the first season of MTV's reality television series, The Real World, on which she appeared as a cast member.[3] The series premiered May 21 that year. On the show, she was depicted as a hip-hop artist with the group Boogie Down Productions, on the verge of getting her big career break.[4] During the season, she is seen recording her album, The System Sucks.[4][5] According to MTV's biography for her: "She has a lot of drive and dedication to whatever she is doing. She makes friends quickly and always speaks her mind regardless of the consequences."[4]

Gardner was affiliated with the rap group Boogie Down Productions,[2] and was signed to Pendulum Records in 1995. In 1996, she released her first album, Takin' Mine. The single "All Glocks Down", an anti-gun violence anthem, received radio play, as did the follow-up single "If Headz Only Knew."[6]

Heather scored a minor role in the 1995 film Dead Presidents as "Peaches". In 1997, Gardner signed with MCA Records and in 1998 she released the single, "Do You," which had a considerable amount of television and radio airplay. In 2002 Gardner produced her second album, Eternal Affairs, with production from Pete Rock and DJ Premier. The album met with positive reviews despite not charting on Billboard.[7]

Outside of her music career, Gardner has appeared in various projects and television specials related to The Real World. She also appeared in the film The Wedding Video directed by Real World alum Norman Korpi, and a 2005 television commercial for America Online anti-virus software.[8] Heather B's third studio album, Open Bar, which was executive-produced by DJ Premier.[7]

As of 2012, Gardner is the co-host of the Sirius Satellite Radio show Sway in the Morning with former MTV reporter Sway Calloway.[9] In 2016 both Heather B. and Sway Calloway appeared in the twelfth episode, "Soliloquy of Chaos," of Marvel's Luke Cage, interviewing Method Man, about being rescued by Cage during a hold-up of a Harlem bodega.[10] She appeared as herself in the 2018 Bruce Willis film Death Wish.




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  1. ^ "Heather B's Birthday". Sway's Universe YouTube channel.
  2. ^ a b Kurutz, Steve (2008). "Heather B." Allmusic. All Media Guide. Retrieved 2008-02-21.
  3. ^ "SoHo Loft". realworldhouses.com. November 28, 2010
  4. ^ a b c Biography page for Heather B. Gardner. MTV.com. accessed September 14, 2011.
  5. ^ "Julie and Eric...Could it be Love?". The Real World: New York. Season 1. Episode 2. MTV.
  6. ^ "Chart Listing For The Week Of Feb 06 1993:". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 1993-02-06. Archived from the original on 2008-05-26. Retrieved 2008-02-21.
  7. ^ a b AbduSalaam, Ismael. "Heather B. Returns With DJ Premier For 'Open Bar'". AllHipHop. March 12, 2010
  8. ^ Cooper, Gael Fashingbauer. "Will reality TV return to ‘Paradise’?". Today Reality TV. MSNBC. March 15, 2005
  9. ^ Chudnofsky, Lisa. "Heather B From The First Season Of 'Real World': Where Is She Now?". MTV. Retrieved 2014-01-20.
  10. ^ Cecchini, Mike (October 1, 2016). "Luke Cage: Complete Marvel Comics Easter Eggs and Reference Guide – Luke Cage Episode 12: Soliloquy of Chaos". Den of Geek.

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