By Maurice Bobb
Mother’s Day is special for every child—young or old—who had a matriarch that sacrificed everything for his or her well-being, because it offers them a chance to show “Mama” how much she is appreciated.
But for Eminem , who has famously bashed the woman that raised him on songs like 2002’s “Cleaning Out My Closet,” this year’s celebration is cathartic because he chose to make amends in the most public way possible, a new music video dedicated to Debbie Mathers for “Headlights ,” which was released Sunday (May 11).
The Spike Lee-directed clip begins with Em sitting in a dark room on a sofa watching his Mom discuss raising him on a daytime talk show. With a pensive look on his face, the blonde-coifed MC watches footage of his videos, awards show appearances, interviews and concerts where he said not-so-great things about Mom.
“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,” he raps in tandem with Nate Ruess’ subtle crooning.
There’s visuals, of course, of his native 8-Mile stomping grounds, as well as actual scenes from his groundbreaking “8-Mile” film. The video closes with The Marshall Mathers LP 2 rapper watching himself on the “106 & Park” sofa declaring his love for his mother.
Happy Mother’s Day indeed, Debbie Mathers, from your supremely talented son, Marshall.