The dysfunctional relationship between Eminem and his mother, Debbie Mathers has been well documented to the point where their drama became a Billboard hit. After more than a decade of the unapologetic and disrespectful “Cleaning Out My Closet” burning in the membrane of rap listeners, rap’s most successful artist is doing his part to make amends on this Mother Day’s 2014 with a viral present in the “Headlights” video.
Shot by Spike Lee from the perspective of Debbie’s stress-filled single parenting years, the crew ventures back to Detroit–8 Mile to be exact–to capture all the essence of how her life has been since her son used her as a punchline in his plight to catapult to stardom.
Through the eyes of the matriarch, viewers are pitted through endless scenes of tobacco and alcohol abuse as her only way of reaping any sort of benefits from Em’s success was through the imaginary world of television. On the aforementioned “Cleaning Out My Closet,” Eminem also boasted how she never had a relationship with her own granddaughter; a move he is now ashamed of.
“But I’m sorry momma for “Cleaning Out My Closet”/At the time I was angry/Rightfully, maybe so, never meant that far to take it though/’Cause now I know it’s not your fault and I’m not making jokes/That song I’ll no longer play at shows and I cringe every time it’s on the radio” he boldly spits on the song’s apex. It also features fun. singer Nate Ruess transfixing emotion on the chorus. The record is found on Eminem’s eight studio album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2, which has since been certified double platinum since its October 2013 release.
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