L.V. (singer)

Last updated
Birth nameLarry Sanders
Born (1957-11-21) November 21, 1957 (age 64)
Origin Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active1991–present
Associated acts

Larry Sanders (born November 21, 1957), known professionally as L.V. (which stands for "Large Variety"), [1] is an American 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 five 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.



Studio albums

TitleReleasePeak chart positions

I Am L.V. 9672139100
How Long 59
Hustla 4 Life
Still L.V.
  • Released: August 22, 2012
  • Label: Octave
The Art of Making Love [6]
  • Released: March 15, 2017
  • Label: ESMG

Collaboration albums

Compilation albums


TitleReleasePeak chart positionsAlbum
"Throw Your Hands Up"19956342844746524 I Am L.V.
"I Am L.V."1996874264
"How Long"200046 How Long
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.
List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
TitleYearPeak chart positions Certifications Album
"Gangsta's Paradise"
(Coolio featuring L.V.)
  • RIAA: 3× Platinum
  • ARIA: 3× Platinum [12]
  • BPI: 2× Platinum
  • BVMI: 2× Platinum
  • IFPI AUT: Platinum [13]
  • IFPI NOR: 4× Platinum [14]
  • IFPI SWE: Gold [15]
  • IFPI SWI: 2× Platinum [16]
  • RMNZ: Platinum [17]
Gangsta's Paradise
I Am L.V.

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