Happy Mothers' Day... sort of.
Eminem celebrated Mothers Day in his own way this weekend, by releasing a brand new track. In it, the rapper, whose relationship with his mom has frequently been the subject of some of his earlier tracks, did a 180 and used the new video for Headlights to apologize to his mom. The video is filmed in first person, through the eyes of Debbie Mathers. It features a number of disturbing scenes, apparently recreations of Eminem’s childhood. You'll see security guards refuse to let her contact Eminem at his home. You'll see her turn to drugs and alcohol to cope. You'll see her look at old photos of Eminem a.k.a Marshall Mathers. But then, you'll see the 41-year-old rapper forgive her — with a hug and letter.
The song conveys a hopeful message. In what could almost be a greeting card moment, he says his mother is “still beautiful”, despite all the problems. “I went in headfirst / Never thinking about who what I said hurt, in what verse / My mom probably got it the worst / The brunt of it, but as stubborn as we are / Did I take it too far? / "Cleaning Out My Closet" and all them other songs / But regardless I don't hate you 'cause, Ma, / You're still beautiful to me, 'cause you're my mom.”
Headlights sees a big change from Eminem's previous songs, directed at Debbie.
Mathers and a team of creators put a lot of work into headlights. Nate Ruess of Fun lends his vocals for the chorus. Eminem shot the video in collaboration with Spike Lee. It’s set in Detroit, the scene of Debbie and Eminem’s tumultuous relationship during the rapper’s early years. "It's heartfelt — there's some pain in it, but that's life," Lee said in a teaser for the video.