L.V. (singer)

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Birth nameLarry Sanders
OriginLos Angeles, California, United States
GenresWest Coast hip hop, gospel, R&B, soul
Years active1991–present
LabelsTommy Boy
Associated actsSouth Central Cartel, Coolio, B.G. Knocc Out, Dresta

Larry Sanders, better known by his stage name L.V. (which stands for "Large Variety"),[1] 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.

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 featured guest appearances by the likes of Raekwon and Shari Watson and was well reviewed in magazines such as Vibe and The Source.[citation needed]

In August 2012, L.V. released the album Still L.V. in Japan.


Studio albums[edit]

Title Release Peak chart positions[2]
I Am L.V. 1996 100 96 72 139
How Long 2000 59 33
Hustla 4 Life 2010
Still L.V. 2012
The Art of Making Love 2017

Collaboration albums[edit]

  • The Playground with Prodeje (2002)
  • Hood Affiliated with Prodeje (2008)

Compilation albums[edit]

  • 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.


  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/artist/lv-mn0000100472/biography
  2. ^ "Albums chart history". Allmusic. Retrieved November 19, 2007.
  3. ^ a b Australian (ARIA) chart peaks:
  4. ^ a b German chart peaks:
  5. ^ a b UK chart peaks:
  6. ^ "L.V. - US Hot 100". billboard.com. Retrieved April 5, 2015.
  7. ^ "L.V. - US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". billboard.com. Retrieved April 5, 2015.
  8. ^ "L.V. - French Chart". lescharts.com. Retrieved April 5, 2015.
  9. ^ "L.V. - New Zealand Chart". charts.org.nz. Retrieved April 5, 2015.