But yesterday the rapper put an end to all of it.
On Mother’s Day, Marshall Mathers debuted his new music video for “Headlights,” directed by Spike Lee and featuring fun. musician Nate Ruess, which delivers a heartbreaking and heartfelt message from Debbie’s point of view.
In the lyrics, he writes, “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 continues rapping a long list of all the wrongs between him, his mother and his younger brother Nathan, referring to alcoholism, Debbie’s alleged “sickness” and a broken home.
But despite it all he raps that he forgives her and wants to move on, concluding the song with, “I hope you get this message that I’ll always love you from afar/ ‘ Cause you’re my Ma.”
The music video, which was filmed in Marshall’s childhood neighborhood in Detroit, is Spike Lee’s first directed video since Michael Jackson‘s “This Is It.”
Hit play above to watch the gut wrenching short film yourself.