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|Birth name||Larry Sanders|
|Origin||South Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Genres||West Coast hip hop, gospel, R&B, soul|
|Associated acts||South Central Cartel, Coolio, B.G. Knocc Out, Dresta|
Larry Sanders, better known by his stage name L.V. (which stands for "Large Variety"), is an American R&B singer. He is best known for his collaboration with rapper Coolio on the 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.
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 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.
|Title||Release||Peak chart positions|
|I Am L.V.||1996||100||—||96||72||139|
|Hustla 4 Life||2010||—||—||—||—||—|
|The Art of Making Love||2017||—||—||—||—||—|
- The Playground (with Prodeje) (2002)
- Hood Affiliated (with Prodeje) (2008)
- The Gangstas In South Central (with South Central Cartel) (1996)
|Title||Release||Peak chart positions||Album|
|"Throw Your Hands Up"||1995||63||42||84||47||46||5||24||I Am L.V.|
|"I Am L.V."||1996||—||87||—||—||—||42||64|
|"Everyday Hustler" (US promo)||2000||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||How Long|
|"How Long" (US promo)||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|"Woman's Gotta Have It" (US promo)||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|
- "Albums chart history". Allmusic. Retrieved November 19, 2007.
- Australian (ARIA) chart peaks:
- Top 50 peaks: "L.V. in Australian Charts". Hung Medien. Retrieved December 11, 2017.
- Top 100 peaks to December 2010: Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
- "Throw Your Hands Up": "The Australian Top 100 Singles Chart – Week Ending 16 Jun 1996". Imgur.com (original document published by ARIA). Retrieved December 11, 2017. N.B. The HP column displays the highest peak reached.
- German chart peaks:
- UK chart peaks:
- "L.V. - US Hot 100". billboard.com. Retrieved April 5, 2015.
- "L.V. - US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". billboard.com. Retrieved April 5, 2015.
- "L.V. - French Chart". lescharts.com. Retrieved April 5, 2015.
- "L.V. - New Zealand Chart". charts.org.nz. Retrieved April 5, 2015.