Eminem's tribute to mum in new vid
Published 13/05/2014 | 13:57
Eminem has paid an emotional tribute to his mother in a moving video for his new track Headlights.
The 41-year-old rapper - who has previously vented his rage about his troubled childhood in hits such as Cleanin' Out My Closet - offers an olive branch to his mum, Debbie Mathers, in the video released on Mother's Day in the US.
Eminem, real name Marshall Mathers, apologises to his mother and also offers his own forgiveness in the rap lyrics to his single, which features Fun singer Nate Ruess.
The video, directed by Spike Lee, is seen through the eyes of the rapper's mother, and sees her looking at childhood pictures, trying to visit her son and being turned away by security, writing a letter and spending Christmas alone.
At the end of the video she bumps into the rapper outside his house and they share a hug.
Eminem raps that he regrets some of his previous verbal attacks on his mother, and says sorry.
The moving lyrics include the lines: "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."
And: "Cause to this day we remain estranged and I hate it though/' Cause you ain't even get to witness your grand babies grow.
"But I'm sorry, Mama, 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 no longer play at shows and I cringe every time it's on the radio."
And the rapper thanks his mother and tells her that he loves her.
"I'm mad I didn't get the chance to thank you for being my Mom and my Dad/ So, Mom, please accept this as a tribute I wrote this on the jet/ I guess I had to get this off my chest/ I hope I get the chance to lay it before I'm dead,
"I hope you get this message that I'll always love you from afar/ 'Cause you're my Ma."