Who knew Eminem could find a touching way to celebrate Mother’s Day? The rapper released a Spike Lee-directed music video Sunday for the song “Headlights,” which focuses on his mother. It’s certainly not the first time that Eminem (real name: Marshall Mathers) has featured Debbie Mathers in his music, but the latest video does offer up a new spin in the form of an apology.
Filmed in Eminem’s childhood neighborhood in Detroit, the video is told from his mother’s point of view and features lines such as “Ma, you’re still beautiful to me because you’re my mom,” and “I love you, Debbie Mathers.” Though the rapper doesn’t refrain from referencing his unhappy childhood or his volatile relationship with his mother, the song is a marked contrast from past tracks, such as “Cleanin Out My Closet,” where Eminem was known for brutally excoriating his mother.
In “Headlights,” we see Eminem apologize to his mother for negatively referencing her the past and the video ends with a portrayal of the rapper and his mother reconnecting after years of fighting. “Headlights” features .Fun singer Nate Ruess and is the latest video from Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2, which was released last November.