Lost Gems: Subset – Beach Rats


Over twenty years ago, Seattle birthed a rap-rock supergroup comprised of rapper Sir Mix-A-Lot and the Presidents of the USA (Chris Ballew, Dave Dederer and Jason Finn) and later Mike “Outtasite” Singleton joined the band. The group, known as Subset, was a real was active from late 1998 to 2000. The only officially released song was called “Addicted to Fame”, which was released on the Presidents of the USA Jupiter/Addicted To Fame 12” vinyl before Subset broke up .

While the remaining recorded tracks from the group never received an official release, thankfully many of them eventually leaked during the Napster era. The golden gem among these songs was the hip-hop/surf party-started “Beach Rats”.  Opening with a slick surf riff, Mix then raps the story of meeting an upper-class girl with some lower-class habits in the California city Santa Barbara (which is where I went to college, giving the track an extra enjoyment factor for me). At the end, the PUSA chant “Ride that beach rat, ride Mix ride” in fun fashion.

It’s unlikely the tracks this group recorded will ever receive a proper release, so let’s all thank the internet for letting them continue to flourish and find fans.

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