What I Got
|"What I Got"|
|Single by Sublime|
|from the album Sublime|
|Released||August 27, 1996|
|Recorded||1996 at Pedernales Studio in Austin, Texas & Total Access Recording in Redondo Beach, California|
|Genre||Alternative rock, alternative hip hop, ska punk|
|Writer(s)||Bud Gaugh/Bradley Nowell/
Half Pint/Eric Wilson
|Sublime singles chronology|
"What I Got" is a song from Sublime's eponymous third album titled Sublime and was the band's biggest radio hit, posthumously after singer Bradley Nowell's 1996 heroin overdose. It was the second single to be released by the band, following "Date Rape" (1991). The song was one of the most popular singles of 1997 in the US. At the time of its release, it reached the #1 spot on the Modern Rock Tracks chart. It was also a mainstream Top 40 hit, peaking at #29 on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay.
What I Got: The Seven Song EP
- "What I Got" (Kahne Radio Edit) (2:47)
- "40 oz. to Freedom" (3:03)
- "D.J.s" (3:18)
- "All You Need" (2:46)
- "Same in the End" (2:39)
- "Work That We Do" (2:35)
- "Doin' Time" (Marshall Arts Remix) feat. the Pharcyde (4:12)
|Canadian RPM Alternative 30||2|
|UK Singles Chart||71|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Airplay||29|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks||11|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks||1|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks||39|
The video for "What I Got", shot after Nowell's death, mainly contains a collage of archive videos and photos of Bradley, as a tribute to the singer. The video includes images of Long Beach, CA, where the band met their success, as well as live footage from a Sublime show at The Capitol Ballroom in Washington, DC. The rollerblading woman in the beginning of the video is wearing a shirt with the words "I ♥ Slayer" in reference to the thrash metal band Slayer who emerged from the same area.
In popular culture
"What I Got" was made available for download on October 30, 2012 for Rock Band 3 basic mode.
The song was also used in the video game Saints Row: The Third during one of the story missions as well as the credits, performed by the game's voice cast.
The song is featured in Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX as a background music track.
The song is a playable track on Guitar Hero 5.
- Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 7th Ed 2000, by Joel Whitburn. p. 611
- 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time by Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2011-01-24. "‘I can play the guitar like a motherfucking riot’, Sublime's Brad Nowell sang on this hit (released two months after his death from a drug overdose), and he was right: His bluesy acoustic solo lasts mere seconds, but its singalong syncopation makes it one of the Nineties' most unforgettable hooks."
- Sublime STP http://sublimestp.com/?page=pages/sublimewis#2