Eminem Pays Tribute to Mother in ‘Headlights’ Video: Watch
“Headlights” is Eminem‘s apology to his mother, Debbie Mathers, for his hateful lyrics towards her throughout his career.
In the first verse, the 41-year-old rapper says, “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.”
Eminem debuted the tear-jerking video fittingly on Mother’s Day. In a teaser for the video, director Spike Lee said, “It’s heartfelt — There’s some pain in it, but that’s life.”
Set in Detroit, the center of where Marshall (Eminem’s real name) and Debbie Mather’s relationship turned sour, the video’s storyline is shown through the eyes of his mom — looking through old photo albums, getting denied access by security, turning to drugs and alcohol. In the end, the two apologize through a letter and share a hug.
Eminem says, “But, Ma, I forgive you, so does Nathan, yo / All you did, all you said, you did your best to raise us both / Foster care, that cross you bear, few may be as heavy as yours / But I love you, Debbie Mathers.”