Eminem Apologizes to His Mother on ‘Headlights’

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From lawsuits to scathing lyrics, Eminem and his mother have had a tumultuous relationship throughout the years, but he is finally putting the past behind him. The Detroit rapper has penned a heartfelt apology to his mother on his new album The Marshall Mathers LP 2.

On the Nate Ruess-assisted “Headlights,” Em reflects on his relationship with Debbie Mathers and even recognizes her for raising him and his younger brother Nate.

“I went in headfirst/ Never thinkin’ 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?” he asks.

“‘Cleanin’ 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.”

This is quite a change from the Eminem who called his mother a “selfish bitch” and said “I hope you fucking burn in hell” on 2002′s “Cleanin’ Out My Closet.”

He admits that they remain estranged to this day and that he cringes when he hears “Closet” on the radio. But he has forgiven her and hopes they can start anew.

“But ma, I forgive you/ So does Nathan, yo/ All you did, all you said, you did your best to raise us both,” he raps. “Foster care, that cross you bare, few may be as heavy as yours/ But I love you Debbie Mathers/ Oh, what a tangled web we have.”

He recalls the one time that his mother came to his house as he, Nate, and one of his children were leaving. They spoke briefly, but he regrets not saying more.

“And I’m mad I didn’t get the chance to thank you for being my mom and my dad,” says Em. “So mom, please accept this as a tribute.”

Listen to his sincere apology below.



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47 Comments

  1. King

    This is different from anything we can hear right now & this goesssss harddddddd.

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  2. stephenc

    This em album is going to flop hard. Based on the way all of the singles are tracking off the album I’d say this is going to be one of his slowest performing records of all time.

    Never even heard the song Bizzerk on the radio. On the Rihanna song Em sounds like he’s rapping through an electronic funnel.

    The issue is him rapping and producing the music. It sounds way too technical and mechanized with the way he produces his voice sonically. Eminem needs to get back to letting someone else produce his albums so you can just focus on the rapping.

    Doesn’t look like Dre was present on any of this material either.

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    Carlos Reply:

    @stephenc,
    No Flop ‘-’

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    MK Reply:

    @stephenc, lol did you hear the whole cd yet? this is the eminems best cd yet ! Dre production is all over this cd

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    tew Reply:

    @MK, dre did not produce this album. *exposed

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    RM Reply:

    @tew, Dre did produce this album as well as executive produced lol. Do your research first.

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    Andy Reply:

    @RM, You know what executive producer means?

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    Brian Reply:

    @stephenc, What are you brain dead guy talking about? The album is good!

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    Andy Reply:

    @stephenc, and with this he has now FIVE songs spinning on the radio. MESS.

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    Mitcha Reply:

    @stephenc, wtf this album is one of his best

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    Jake Reply:

    @stephenc, LOL MMLP2 just topped the charts. So…not really a flop huh?

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  3. diyana

    he really has matured a lot

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  4. yeh

    best so far .

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  5. DPA

    I would hope he has matured… he’s 40-something years old about time to grow up

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  6. red

    i love this song, the album is amazing. it sounds like a mixture of his first MMLP and The Eminem Show!! His best maybe since TES in my opinion!

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  7. DRB

    The track sounds like it belongs on Some Nights. I don’t need to hear him rapping about killing everyone again, but this is glossed over and far too simplistic for what he’s capable of.

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  8. 2bad2bme

    why is he yelling? this is suppose to be sincere… Em you’ve become out dated lol

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  9. eminem fan

    Alot of ppl can relate to that song

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  10. Ice

    This is nice, I actually didn’t know what the lead singer of fun.’s name was until now. I love his voice.

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    NateRuess4Life Reply:

    @Ice, nate ruess is like my favorite singer ever. i have the album some nights and it’s still my favorite album!:)

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  11. stephenc

    @MK @Brian

    This is good? Nobody is going to be talking about this album in 3-4 weeks. Just like Jay’s last album.

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    KrazyKarl Reply:

    @stephenc, it’s been months and there’s still talking about this great LP.

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    KrazyKarl Reply:

    @stephenc, still talking about this great album after months

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    Heyman Reply:

    @stephenc, People are still talking about it, and he still has 3 songs on the top 30 because of this album

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  12. Andy

    Men… he might pull some big numbers, maybe around 500k thanks to the white kids that want to act so damn urban.

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    no Reply:

    @Andy, definitely he’s going to pull the white numbers by 1.5 mill on dowload a lone. Does any one see anything wrong with that? If u got it, then work that niche. Plus ur comment on white kids wanting to act urban makes me laugh my a22 off. Im from inglewood 80s and 90% of new rappers with thier tight jeans, tight shirts, act whiter than whites. All in all, Eminem got a hit.

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  13. Illmatical

    Jesus…. Freaking… Christo, does he Spaz on this album…. Its pure adrenaline, even on the slower songs. This LP was good, as in Really Good.

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  14. Sheikha

    this song is the most honest song EVER Been Made, Eminem Never fail when he put life in rap! that is why he is Rap god, GOAT, Legend. there is no word that can describe him. He is the Greatest Dead or alive nuff said !!!

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  15. Antony

    Em has proven he’s not just a rapper anymore. He is literally one of the great literary genius’s of our time. A truly incredible storyteller. His, flow, rhyming ability, wordplay, emotion, meaning, schemes, aggression, and passion surpasses any rapper.

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  16. Fan Rant (no hate but damn!)

    I just listened to his album it leaked….I couldn’t be anymore disappointed!!!!!! It is soooo bad!!!! im not even trying to hate I’m a eminem fan and not even like a Em. stan who only likes his old stuff i liked recovery and let me worn ya’ll now if you didn’t like recovery then you will hate this album….

    1) the products… my gosh, way too much stuff is going on and most of it is pretty much rock beats and a country beat. and it sounds like he’s trying to sound louder then the songs.

    2) that track with Kendrick…. DAMN! listen to it and tell me that shit anit bad, worst track on there.

    3) His flow has changes and now u can’t understand shit his talking about!

    4) I only see him making a video for about two songs rap god and monster…the rest nope…I don’t even hear a radio hit and the only reason monster sounds like a radio hit is because of rihanna…

    This year as been a complete disappointment when it comes to great rap albums (in my opinion) kanye, jay z, big sean and now Eminem…so sad I ani’t got shit to listen to now!

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    Ay Reply:

    @Fan Rant (no hate but damn!),
    Go listen to:
    J. Cole – Born Sinner
    Chance the Rapper – Acid Rap
    Pusha T – My Name is Not my Name
    Danny Brown – Old
    Flatbush Zombies – D.R.U.G.S.
    Joey Bada$$ – 1999

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    Fan Rant (no hate but damn!) Reply:

    @Ay, Yeah I know those where the best albums this year minus Joey Bada$$ 1999 for me.

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    Ritch Reply:

    @Fan Rant (no hate but damn!), Man I didnt like Recovery at all, in fact Relapse was one of my favourite albums but I was pretty sure everyone knew this style was coming from him now that he is getting older and maturing. I personally really like the album, at first I wasnt really sure until I heard every song in it.

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  17. jp

    aggressive vocals with emotional lyrics…truest by far the greatest song personally.shady god rules

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  18. NASIR

    One of his best songs IMO. If this becomes a single, it will hit #1.

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  19. Hugh

    Amazing

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  20. Manjeo

    This is his best album since The Eminem Show album. I don’t know why people keep on bashing this Lp. It has some flaws but i’t isn’t bad.

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  21. RiyoTheeRapper

    You can’t Expect eminem to make songs about killing people every damn time . If you’re a fan you’d love this for the story behind it. Eminem has already proved he’s credentials when it comes to beef. Shit he’s done on this album is unique , something I’ve never heard before and I’m going to quote him

    ” The only way you make it in this industry is by being yourself , not who people want you to be ”

    Eminem Inspires Me For Eons.

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  22. itsme

    cd is an instant classic.

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  23. Donny1shot

    Any true eminem fan will know that he openely stated he would spit slower back in the day to ensure that the people he spoke about heard it he always said he could and would change his flow when he wanted to. This album takes his ability to another level if u sit and listened right through his album set u will probably appreciate this album alot more than you thought and if you still don’t then you need to be listening to someone else instead #RapGod!

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  24. Stanler

    This is the best album….actually he is wrapping it all up apologizing fr everythin….the best songs i felt wer headlights and Legacy

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  25. Rishi

    Please tell me how this album flopped? I’m pretty sure a lot of people heard Rap God that was his #1 single. Have you even heard the entire album? Eminem makes very great lyrical and unique music that other rappers can’t do. Whats wrong with changing the flow in a song? Changing the flow makes the song NOT BORING.How can you say that you dont understand what he is saying? You say you’re a ‘fan’ but you clearly don’t even know Eminem. You guys just don’t know a good rapper when you see one.

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  26. NateRuess4Life

    NATE’S PART OF THE SONG WAS ORIGINALLY CALLED JUMPING THE SHARK. I JUST WANTED TO DRAW ATTENTION TO THIS SINCE SOME OF YOU MIGHT NOT BE BIG FANS OF HIM. SO JUST SAYING IF YOU WANT YOU CAN TYPE IN JUMPING THE SHARK BY FUN. ON GOOGLE AND FIND THE SONG THAT NATE WROTE.

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  27. Tweechy

    @2bad2bme, The anger part is to show the rage is still there for everybody and everything else,, and in case you haven’t noticed he gets softer when saying things in which he’s trying to hide the anger,,, it’s genius

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  28. varun kanojia

    i loved eminem frm start
    love the voice of nate
    and finally this song is in my head first
    love it
    story of eminem now regret to wat wat he has done to her mother

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  29. Alyson

    It’s courageous and brilliant- nuff said!!!

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  30. Lynne

    Dang!! This song brings tears to my eyes every time I hear it!! Being a single mom and knowing I have to be responsible for every decision made for my kids, and knowing how many ends I have to put together just to put food on the table and it just hits home!! LOVE!!!!!

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