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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.[1][2]

Ya Boy
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Background information
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
Occupation(s) Rapper
Years active 2002–present
Labels Black Card Music (current)
Black Wall Street Records, Hoo-Bangin Records, Konvict Muzik (former)
Associated acts Akon, San Quinn, The Game, The Cataracs


Musical careerEdit

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.[3] 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.[4]


Studio albumsEdit

Year Album
2005 Rookie of the Year
2013 Rich Rocka
2015 Rich Rocka 2


Year Album
2010 Guns and Roses


Year Album
2005 The Future of the Franchise
2006 Ya Boy Radio: Part 1
Chapter 1: The Rise
2007 The Fix
Optimus Rime
The Prince of the City
2008 I'm 'Bout to Murdah This Shit
The Bay Area Bully
2009 Kush 2009
Mohawks & Heavy Metal
2010 The Fix 2
2011 Kalifornia Konvict
The Fillmore Renaissance Story
2012 Trappy Birthday
2013 Road 2 Rocka
2014 Allegiance
2016 Alien
2016 Legacy


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