The feud between Marshall Mathers and his mother has been a conflict talked about in his music since 'The Slim Shady LP'. This Mother's Day, Eminem came out with a video for his song 'Headlights' featuring Nate Ruess of the band FUN. The video depicts a picture of the famous mother-son conflict through Debbie Mather's eyes. See the video on Vevo here.
The video was directed by the famous director Spike Lee. The story conveyed in the video will cause some tears especially anyone who has listened to Eminem's music since the 90's. Eminem has always struggled with his relationship with his mom. This conflict can be seen in songs like 'Cleaning Out My Closet' where he spits rhymes like,
Well guess what, I am dead - dead to you as can be!
The pain and hurt is apparent in Eminem's music.
The 'Headlights' video shows a new found admiration for Eminem's mother. The old grow wiser with age and Eminem is no exception. Life seems to have taught him that everyone has their faults, including his mother, and sometimes we aren't always to blame. In the song 'Headlights' Eminem admits,
I'm mad I didn't get a chance to thank you for being my mom and dad.
Eminem spent most of his energy being mad at his mom for not being good enough but now realizes that he should be thanking her for all that she sacrificed. The message is clear and admirable that Eminem is able to get over his past, over his pain and realize that his mother is a human and not one human is perfect. Both the song and music video are a piece of work that anyone woman and mother would be more than lucky to receive as a gift for Mother's Day.
The video is causing a lot of talk in the industry. The conflict between Eminem and his mother has been almost as big as famous beefs like 50 Cent and The Game. No, they are not shooting at each other but the tension and the music that came out of this conflict is almost as big. The making of this video on Mother's Day is going to be talked about as a reconciliation, a squashing of the beef and of a beautiful apology.
The song 'Headlights' can be heard on Eminem's most recent album 'The Marshall Mathers LP 2.'