Eminem Apologizes To His Mother On Emotional “Headlights”: Hear The Nate Ruess-Assisted Track

Oct 31st, 2013 // 3 Comments
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Another track from Eminem‘s The Marshall Mathers LP 2 (out November 5) has hit the Web. And like “Love Game” before it, the Nate Ruess-featuring “Headlights” is entirely surprising. Not just for the musical tone — it’s probably the brightest, most languid arrangement Em’s ever rapped over — but because the whole thing is an apology to his mother, whom he has lyrically eviscerated over the years.

The song presents a side of Slim Shady we’ve never seen before — he’s been earnest before, but he’s never been this regretful and apologetic. The rapper laments, “My mom probably got it the worst, the brunt of it / But as stubborn as we are, did I take it too far / ‘Cleanin’ Out My Closet’ and all them other songs / But regardless I don’t hate you, ’cause mom, you’re still beautiful to me, ’cause you’re my mom.” Later, between the fun. front man’s hooks and heavily vocodered, Bon Iver-esque backing track, he strikes a particularly mournful tone: “And I’m way too old to cry, this shit is painful, though / But ma, I forgive you, so does Nathan, yo / All you did, all you said, you did your best to raise us both…I love you Debbie Mathers, oh what a tangled web we have.”

Hear the affecting song below.

Em’s entire self-narrative, through the use of caricatures of Debbie and Kim, has framed him as the fuck-up raised by a fuck-up who ended up marrying a fuck-up, a nihilistic cycle from which he extracted equal amounts of humor and terror. This song won’t entirely recontextualize that material, but all those pill-popping cheap shots over the years will at least have an added layer of cognitive dissonance from now on.


  1. sara

    Eminem is so talented and glad he is making up with his mom!

  2. Hookah Pen

    Glad he finally did this


  3. Jodi

    that song is just assume, hard one to write for him. Might have something to do with his 10 step program. Love the new CD. Miss this old EM

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