Born in East Dry River, Trinidad, Brother Resistance became the lead singer of the Network Riddim Band, a Trinidadian ensemble, in 1979. He developed a hybrid of soca and rap that he called 'rapso', a genre for which he credited Lancelot Layne as originator. Considered subversive by the authorities, the band's rehearsal space and offices were destroyed by the police in June 1983. The group released their first album, Roots of de Rapso Rhythm, in 1984, which was followed by Rapso Explosion and Rapso Takeover in 1985 and 1986 respectively. International performances brought recognition from overseas, changing the attitude of the T&T government, who selected Brother Resistance as their cultural delegate to the World Festival of Youth and Students in Korea.
He appeared at New York's 'New Music Festival' in 1992 and in 1993 at the International Dub Poetry Festival in Toronto.
In between completing studies at the University of the West Indies, Brother Resistance continued to write music for the ensemble, and his 1981 debut album, Busting Out, became a major hit, defining the musical genre that would come to be known as rapso.Busting Out was the first album to use the word rapso.