Rap superstar Eminem premiered the music video for his latest single "Headlights" on Sunday (May 11). Fittingly for Mother's Day, the Spike Lee-directed clip honors Eminem's estranged mother Debbie Mathers after their many years of high-profile family friction.
"Headlights" featuring fun.'s Nate Ruess is the fifth single from Eminem's newest album The Marshall Mathers LP 2. Since the start of his career, Eminem has taken multiple jabs at his mother Debbie in his songs and music videos (most notably in "My Name Is" and "Cleanin' Out My Closet"), but with "Headlights" he offers a heartfelt apology for it all.
"But regardless I don't hate you 'cause Ma, you're still beautiful to me / 'Cause you're my mom," he says. Eminem thanks for her all the times she was there for their family, taking on the role of mother and father after his dad left them both behind.
Fame director Spike Lee returns to music videos for Eminem's "Headlights" clip. Presented from the point-of-view from Debbie Mathers, Lee captures the painful moments she experienced when Eminem dissed her in the past and a brief but meaningful reunion between the two. The video goes down in Eminem's home area of the 8 Mile and it is truly a perfect gift that a music superstar could give their mother.
Eminem's "Headlights" single with Nate Ruess has so far peaked at no. 73 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart. The Marshall Mathers LP was released in November of last year and it became his seventh album to debut at no. 1 on Billboard. In honor of his recent no. 1 hit "The Monster" with Rihanna, Eminem and the Barbadian pop star will hit the road together this summer for The Monster Tour. It opens in Pasadena, Calif. on Aug. 7 at the Rose Bowl venue.