L.V. (singer)

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Birth name Larry Sanders
Born (1954-10-22) October 22, 1954 (age 60)
Origin South Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres West Coast hip hop, gospel, R&B, soul
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1991–present
Labels Tommy Boy
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. (which stands for "Large Variety"),[1] is an American winning R&B singer. He is best known for his collaboration with rapper Coolio on the Grammy Award-winning single, "Gangsta's Paradise", 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.

Early life[edit]

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.

Later career[edit]

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 Executive produced by Meaku.


Solo albums[edit]

Year Title Chart positions[2]
Heatseekers Top R&B/Hip hop albums
1996 I Am L.V. - #100
2000 How Long #33 #59
2010 Hustla 4 Life - -
2012 Still L.V (Japan Release) - -

Collaborative albums[edit]

  • 2002 : L.V. & Prodeje - The Playground
  • 2008 : L.V. & Prodeje - Hood Affiliated

Solo singles[edit]

Year Title Chart positions[3] Album
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