What I Got

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"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
Length 2:51
Label MCA Records
Writer(s) Bud Gaugh/Bradley Nowell/
Half Pint/Eric Wilson
Producer(s) David Kahne
Sublime singles chronology
"Date Rape"
"What I Got"

"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 death in 1996 from a 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.[1]

It is ranked among the 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time by Rolling Stone at #83.[2] The song is noted for carrying a melody similar to that heard on The Beatles' "Lady Madonna".[3]

What I Got: The Seven Song EP[edit]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "What I Got" (Kahne radio edit) (2:47)
  2. "40 oz. to Freedom" (3:03)
  3. "D.J.s" (3:18)
  4. "All You Need" (2:46)
  5. "Same in the End" (2:39)
  6. "Work That We Do" (2:35)
  7. "Doin' Time" (Marshall arts remix) feat. the Pharcyde (4:12)

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1996–97) Peak
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

Music video[edit]

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.


  1. ^ Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 7th Ed 2000, by Joel Whitburn. p. 611
  2. ^ 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time by Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2011-01-24.
  3. ^ Sublime STP http://sublimestp.com/?page=pages/sublimewis#2

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