L.V.

L.V.

L.V.

Biography

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.

Discography

L.V. - I Am L.V.

L.V. - I Am L.V.

Tommy Boy 1996
L.V. - The Gangstas In South Central

L.V. - The Gangstas In South Central

Nectar Masters 1996
LV - How Long

LV - How Long

Loud Records 2000
LV & Prodeje - The Playground

LV & Prodeje - The Playground

Active Entertainment 2002
LV - Still Paradise

LV - Still Paradise

Hoodbroka Entertainment 2012

Guest Appearances

South Central Cartel - South Central Madness
  • Think'n Bout My Brotha

South Central Cartel - South Central Madness

Pump Records 1991
B.G. Knocc Out & Dresta - Real Brothas
  • Life's A Puzzle

B.G. Knocc Out & Dresta - Real Brothas

Outburst Records, Def Jam Music Group Inc. 1995
Coolio - Gangsta's Paradise
  • Gangsta's Paradise

Coolio - Gangsta's Paradise

Tommy Boy 1995
Murder Squad - S.C.C. Presents Murder Squad Nationwide
  • Why Must G'Z

S.C.C. Presents Murder Squad Nationwide

DJ West, G.W.K. Records 1995
Mel-Low - It's A B.G. Thang (Life Of A Youngster)
  • Money, Houses And Clothes

Mel-Low - It's A B.G. Thang (Life Of A Youngster)

Poppa "C" Records, Rush Associated Labels 1995
Off Da Hook - Off Da Hook
  • Crew Of Thugs

Off Da Hook - Off Da Hook

Loud Records 1996
Dru Down - Can You Feel Me
  • Crew Of Thugs

Dru Down - Can You Feel Me

Relativity 1996
South Central Cartel - All Day Everyday
  • It Don't Stop

South Central Cartel - All Day Everyday

Rush Associated Labels 1997
Bashir - Sunrise
  • Never Give Up

Bashir - Sunrise

Rooftop 1997
Tash - Rap Life
  • Tash Rules

Tash - Rap Life

Loud Records 1999
Tech N9ne - The Calm Before The Storm Part I
  • Soldiers At War

Tech N9ne - The Calm Before The Storm Part I

MidWestSide Records 1999
Lil' Rachett - Lil' Rachett
  • Up In U Interlude

Lil' Rachett - Lil' Rachett

Big Kid Records 1999
South Central Cartel - Concrete Jungle Vol. 1
  • All Day Long

South Central Cartel - Concrete Jungle Vol. 1

Mouth Piece Entertainment 1999
Caz - Thundadome
  • Chedda

Caz - Thundadome

Glasshouse Records 2000
South Central Cartel - Gangsta Conversation
  • Gangsta Boogie

South Central Cartel - Gangsta Conversation

PR Entertainment, Kontacc Records 2001
2Wice Presents Off Da Hook 2001
  • L & 25

2Wice Presents Off Da Hook 2001

Gold Grill Entertainment 2001
Tech N9ne - Celcius
  • Nasty Girl

Tech N9ne - Celcius

MidWestSide Records 2002
Rozelly Presents Da Fam - A Day N A Life
  • Living A Hustle

Rozelly Presents Da Fam - A Day N A Life

Brainstorm Enterprise 2002
Boxx - What's N' Da Boxx
  • Panties N Bra

Boxx - What's N' Da Boxx

High Rollers Entertainment 2003
Young Prodeje - Diablo Flame On-Movie On Wax
  • Playgroung

Young Prodeje - Diablo Flame On-Movie On Wax

Gangstamade 2003
Coolio - The Return Of The Gangsta
  • One More Night

Coolio - The Return Of The Gangsta

Hardwax Records 2006
Krayzie Bone - Thugline Boss
  • Chedda

Krayzie Bone - Thugline Boss

Ghent, Mo Thugs Records 2007
Coolio - Steal Hear
  • One More Night

Coolio - Steal Hear

Super Cool Entertainment 2008
Gangsta Nation Trues - Get On Top
  • So LA-LA

Gangsta Nation Trues - Get On Top

All Day Everyday Records 2013
Big Prodeje & Mr. Hood Good - The Realest Shit Ya Never Heard
  • True 2 You

Big Prodeje & Mr. Hood Good - The Realest Shit Ya Never Heard

Ovaseaz Records 2014
DJ Scarface - Public Enemy #1
  • Kicc It With Us

DJ Scarface - Public Enemy #1

Scar/Face Muzik 2016
Baby Eazy E, Big2daboy & Collarossi - West Coast Drive Thru
  • See Me

Baby Eazy E, Big2daboy & Collarossi - West Coast Drive Thru

Top Shelf Wreckords 2016

Compilations

Dangerous Minds (Music From The Motion Picture)
  • Gangsta's Paradise

Various - Dangerous Minds (Music From The Motion Picture)

MCA Soundtracks 1995
The Lawhouse Experience Vol. 1
  • I Just Wanna Play

Various - The Lawhouse Experience Vol. 1

Street Life Records, Lawhouse Records, Attic 1995
Black And White - Music From And Inspired By The Motion Picture
  • You're A Big Girl Now

Various - Black And White - Music From And Inspired By The Motion Picture

Loud Records 2000
Blazin' The Soundtrack
  • Born II Roll

Various - Blazin' The Soundtrack

Activate Entertainment 2001
Big Tray Deee - The General's List
  • Finer Thangzzz

Big Tray Deee - The General's List

SPOP Entertainment 2002
Gang Tapes The Album
  • In The Hood

Various - Gang Tapes The Album

Activate Entertainment LLC 2002
King T - The Ruthless Chronicles
  • Blow Treez

King T - The Ruthless Chronicles

Boss Up Entertainment 2004
Various - Who's Making Tha Rules The Soundtrack
  • Lap Dance

Various - Who's Making Tha Rules The Soundtrack

Bonita Entertainment 2005
Layzie Bone & Mo Thugs Presents 100% Pure Thug Tour
  • Born II Roll

Various - Layzie Bone & Mo Thugs Presents 100% Pure Thug Tour

X-Ray Records 2006
Various - Killa Kali: West Coast Rap Compilation
  • Gangster Bitch

Various - Killa Kali: West Coast Rap Compilation

All Day Everyday Records 2006
Spice 1 Presents West Coast Thugz
  • Gangsta Boogie

Various - Spice 1 Presents West Coast Thugz

PR Records 2008
Various - Detox: The Album
  • Hit It In My Chucks

Various - Detox: The Album

Indie Power, LLC 2008
Havoc & Prodeje ‎- Servin' Em Heat: The Most Requested Of Havoc & Prodeje
  • G'z On Da Move

Havoc & Prodeje ‎- Servin' Em Heat: The Most Requested Of Havoc & Prodeje

Loctown, Hood Good Records 2009
Tash - Publicity Stunt
  • Tash Rules

Tash - Publicity Stunt

Sterling World Records 2015
Various - Big Tray Deee Presents: The General's List
  • Finer Thangzzz

Various - Big Tray Deee Presents: The General's List

VP Music Group 2016