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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.
|Birth name||Larry Sanders|
|Origin||Los Angeles, California, United States|
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 of 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.
In August 2012, L.V. released his fourth solo album Still L.V. in Japan.
|Title||Release||Peak chart positions|
|I Am L.V.||
|Hustla 4 Life||
|The Art of Making Love||
- 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|
|"How Long"||2000||—||46||—||—||—||—||—||How Long|
|"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Certifications||Album|
(Coolio featuring L.V.)
|1995||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||Gangsta's Paradise |
I Am L.V.
- Huey, Steve. "L.V. | Biography & History | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved December 4, 2018.
- 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. Chart History". Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. Retrieved December 4, 2018.
- The Art of Making Love by L.V., March 15, 2017, retrieved December 4, 2018
- "L.V. Chart History". Billboard.
- "L.V. Chart History". Billboard.
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- Hung, Steffen. "charts.org.nz - Discography L.V." charts.nz. Retrieved December 4, 2018.
- "Coolio Album & Song Chart History: Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 20, 2012.
- "Coolio". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved August 17, 2012.
- "The ARIA Australian Top 100 Singles Chart – Week Ending 28 Jan 1996". Imgur.com (original document published by ARIA). Retrieved December 9, 2016.
- "Austrian single certifications – Coolio – Gangsta's Paradise" (in German). IFPI Austria. Retrieved August 20, 2012. Enter Coolio in the field Interpret. Enter Gangsta's Paradise in the field Titel. Select single in the field Format. Click Suchen.
- "Norwegian single certifications – Coolio – Gangsta's Paradise" (in Norwegian). IFPI Norway. Retrieved August 20, 2012.
- "(Guld & Platina) ÅR 1987-1998" [(Gold & Platinum) Year 1987-1998] (PDF) (in Swedish). International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 25, 2011. Retrieved August 20, 2012.
- "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Coolio)". swisscharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved August 20, 2012.
- "Official NZ Music Charts (10 March 1996)". Recorded Music New Zealand. Retrieved June 13, 2016.