Larry Sanders (born October 22, 1954), better known by his stage name L.V. whose initials stand for "Large Variety", is an American Grammy Award winning R&B singer. He is 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.
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.
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