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William Joseph Crawford, known by his stage name Ya Boy, is an American rapper from the Fillmore District of San Francisco, California. He was formerly signed to both of Akon's labels Konvict Muzik and Kon Live Distribution.
|Birth name||William Joseph Crawford|
|Also known as||Ya Boy, Ya' Boy, Rich Rocka, YB Rich Rocka|
|Origin||San Francisco, California|
|Genres||Hip hop, West Coast hip hop|
|Labels||Black Card Music (current)
Black Wall Street Records, Hoo-Bangin Records, Konvict Muzik (former)
|Associated acts||Akon, San Quinn, The Game, The Cataracs|
In late 2006, Ya Boy signed to Game’s Warner Brothers distributed label The Black Wall Street Records. After making an appearance on the label’s first release - a mixtape, The Black Wall Street Journal, Vol. 1 - Ya Boy begun to work with a number of big-name producers including Scott Storch, Araab Muzik and Cool & Dre on his second full-length album Holla at Ya Boy. The album's lead single, "Holla at Ya Boy," was released in early 2008.
In 2009 Ya Boy, with Nitevision, started his own record label, "Black Card Music" and signed to Mack 10's Hoo-Bangin' Records. However he would leave that label and in 2010 signed to Akon's label Konvict Muzik and Kon Live Distribution. In August 2010 he released his first single, "Party Girls," featuring Rico Love and a second single "Lockdown" featuring his boss Akon on October 11, 2011. Ya Boy announced in early 2013 that he changed his name to Rich Rocka. He then released a mixtape "Road 2 Rocka" on July 4, 2013.
|2005||Rookie of the Year|
|2015||Rich Rocka 2|
|2010||Guns and Roses|
|2005||The Future of the Franchise|
|2006||Ya Boy Radio: Part 1|
|Chapter 1: The Rise|
|The Prince of the City|
|2008||I'm 'Bout to Murdah This Shit|
|The Bay Area Bully|
|Mohawks & Heavy Metal|
|2010||The Fix 2|
|The Fillmore Renaissance Story|
|2013||Road 2 Rocka|
- Redd, Maria. "Redd Roxx Rundown: Livin’ Rich with Rich Rocka, formerly Ya Boy". buffalo.com. Retrieved 2013-03-19.