Captain Rapp was the first commercially released West Coast rapper and old school west coast hip-hop artist, along with his former rapping partner, Disco Daddy. The rap duo met at Magic Johnson's birthday party in 1980, and soonafter released 1981's "The Gigolo Rapp," under the name Disco Daddy & Captain Rapp. Captain Rapp would later release solo material and received notable local airplay and attention in 1983, with the release of "Bad Times (I Can't Stand It).
The track was featured on local L.A. radio stations like KJLH and KGFJ. The song was also a precursor to reality rap and gangsta rap, because it contained realistic portrayals of life on the streets, and the 'bad times' African American youth were encountering. Captain Rapp spent the latter part of his career producing and encouraging hip-hop acts in Los Angeles and running an organization devoted to keeping children in school.