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I Am Lv
Lv
I Am Lv
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Rap & Hip-Hop, R&B
 
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Husky vocalist L.V. first entered the ears of the world alongside his South Central homeboy Coolio on the rapper's monster 1995 single "Gangsta's Paradise." With that song, interpolated from an old Stevie Wonder gem and la...  more »

      
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All Artists: Lv
Title: I Am Lv
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Tommy Boy
Original Release Date: 1/1/2006
Re-Release Date: 3/20/2006
Album Type: Import
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Rap & Hip-Hop, R&B
Style: Pop Rap
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1

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Husky vocalist L.V. first entered the ears of the world alongside his South Central homeboy Coolio on the rapper's monster 1995 single "Gangsta's Paradise." With that song, interpolated from an old Stevie Wonder gem and layered with L.V.'s preacher-man chorus and buttery refrain, the pair was onto something good--reworkings of classic soul and R&B into radio-friendly hip-hop--which Coolio exploited further on his album. This formula gets another workout on the first half of L.V.'s debut solo shot, I Am L.V. The singer turns replayed bits of songs from the O'Jays, Isaac Hayes, and Al Hudson into modern soul music with a retro feel and a smooth West Coast hip-hop heart. With wah-wah and talkbox effects, flute and horn work, and soaring vocals, songs like "Fire From the Gun," "Gangsta's Boogie," and "Throw Your Hands Up" owe more to classics by Curtis Mayfield, Marvin Gaye, the Temptations, and Parliament than to any recent R&B. And with his rapless version of "Gangsta's Paradise" and the praise-the-lording of "The 'G' Within," L.V. offers a conscious--even gospel--take on gangsta music. I Am L.V. takes a nosedive halfway through and changes into an entirely different, far less worthwhile record. The last six of the album's fourteen songs are original L.V. love ballads, and left without a blueprint from which to interpolate, the music degenerates into the same, vapid R&B pop that clutters so much of the urban airwaves. Thankfully, L.V. piles the losers at the end. Enjoy tracks 1 through 9; after that, buyer beware. --Roni Sarig

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Robert | Los Angeles, CA | 01/20/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If you're a fan of g-funk or nate dogg's style, LV is definetely someone to check out. He has cool groovy g-funk flavored beats and stories to tell. He's actually the vocalist from the rap group south central cartel, but sadly enough is only famous for the jam Gangster's Paradise with Coolio. I grew up on the same block with this guy and will vouch he's a true G. Regardless, this is an album you want to listen to while just chillin and having a phat one. Don't let the lack of marketing bypass the true talent in here."
L.V. is what the music industry needs right now.
J. H Meeks | St. Louis, MO | 09/01/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This brother was so cool with his gospel roots. From start to finish is one of the best CD's I've heard from a male soloist since the new jack swing era. L.V. should have gotten his props but did not as a lot of west coast talent but "Throw Your Hands Up" is a gem and "The 'G' Within" is a great song letting everyone know to give thanks to God each everyday for a chance to live and succeed. My favorite is "Hey Love", this song is a mellow groove with nice g-funk sound. Some of the other highlights of the album is "Gangster's Boogie"(Prodeje's Version), "Slow Down", "I'am L.V.", and "The Wrong Come Up". So please don't sleep on this CD, order it now."
You will love LV!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
C. BOST | Newyork,N.Y. | 10/03/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I love LV and my favorite 2 song picks on this cd are "I AM LV"
and "THROW YOUR HANDS UP". Go out and get your copy today."