|Birth name||Larry Sanders|
|Born||October 22, 1954|
|Origin||South Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Genres||West Coast hip hop, gospel, R&B, soul|
|Associated acts||South Central Cartel, Coolio, B.G. Knocc Out, Dresta|
Larry Sanders (born October 22, 1954), better known by his stage name L.V. whose initials stand for "Large Variety", was an American Grammy Award winning R&B singer. He was best known for his collaboration with rapper Coolio on the 1995 hit single, "Gangsta's Paradise" which won the duo a Grammy, and has been featured on multiple soundtracks since then. Having released two solo albums to date, he was also a member of the gangsta rap group South Central Cartel since their beginning, usually singing the vocals and chorus.
L.V. grew up with a father who sang gospel music along with the radio every morning, and this helped hook him on singing. He won a high school talent contest by performing L.T.D.'s "Concentrate on You", joined the Los Angeles Trade–Technical College choir. He later joined the Los Angeles Southwest College music department where he studied voice, choir and performed in several stage musicals. He also contributed R&B vocals to a neighborhood rap group, the South Central Cartel.
Following his success with "Gangsta's Paradise", L.V. landed a contract with Tommy Boy Records, which released his debut album I Am L.V. in 1996. This album spawned the hit single, "Throw Your Hands Up" which featured Treach from Naughty By Nature (Produced by Maurice 'DJ Moe' Thompson and Jay Supreme Williams for Barr 9 Productions). The single went on to sell over 400,000 units. The album also features a version of "Gangsta's Paradise" without rap lyrics.
L.V.'s follow up album was How Long, released on Loud Records in 2000. The record had a more soulful style, but also featured guest appearances by the likes of Raekwon and Shari Watson and was well reviewed in magazines such as Vibe and The Source.
In August 2012 L.V. released the album "STILL L.V" in Japan which is a compilation of old recordings.
Near-death gunshot wounds
According to sources, L.V. survived gunshot wounds in a case remarkably similar to 50 Cent. L.V. not only survived being shot nine times at close range, but he spent eight months in the hospital and a year and a half in a wheelchair. He eventually recovered completely and has been able to walk without a noticeable limp ever since.
|Heatseekers||Top R&B/Hip hop albums|
|1996||I Am L.V.||-||#100|
|2010||Hustla 4 Life||-||-|
|2012||Still L.V (Japan Release)||-||-|
- 2002 : L.V. & Prodeje - The Playground
- 2008 : L.V. & Prodeje - Hood Affiliated
|Hot R&B/Hip hop songs|
|1996||"Throw Your Hands Up"||#32
"I Am L.V." (#87)
|I Am L.V.|
|2000||"How Long"||#46||How Long|