Eminem mends the bond with his mother, Debbie Mathers through his heartfelt new single, Headlights. With the help of Fun, front man Nate Ruess and the cinematic talent of Spike Lee, his words come to life through the perspective of a broken mother.The video for Headlights, debuted on Sunday, May 11, 2014. Audience felt Mother’s Day was a perfect setting for Eminem’s unique form of apology letters to a mother from her child.
The now 41-year-old rapper, who’s real name is Marshal Mathers; hit the ground like thunder with his first album, The Marshall Mathers LP. With more than enough to say about his mother and the memories of the broken childhood spent with her, there were not many words to fittingly describe his feelings toward his past.
Now with his eighth studio album, growth is immediately seen in both the artist known as Eminem and the man behind the talent, Marshall Mathers. Headlights, the fifth single off the Marshal Mathers LP 2, which was released last November is a positive and powerful approach to the steps Eminem has began to taking in his attempt to mend and even build a bond that possible was never there.
Audiences everywhere are used to hearing the name Debbie Mathers throughout Eminem’s albums, but many was not expecting the flip in emotion that Headlights displays. Filmed in the Detroit neighborhood were Eminem grew up and seen through the eyes of his mother.
Lyric like, “You’re still beautiful to me, ‘cause you’re my mom,” just shows Eminem’s commitment of mending the broken relationship between him and his mother. The song goes into detail about growing up in property and how his younger brother was removed from the home due to Debbie Mather’s continued substance abuse.
Nevertheless, the video as well as the song is an olive branch from son to mother. Using Headlights to apologize and admit his role in the strained relationship, Eminem makes it clear that evening with her hang-ups she is still his mother and he will always love her. Recognizing that all that has been done cannot be undone he used the sound to express love for the woman who did the best to raise him and his brother.
Lines like, “Foster care, that cross you bare, few may be as heavy as yours.” Others like, “That song I no longer play at shows and I cringe every time it’s on the radio.” Where moments of clarity for the rapper, knowing everything that was done on both sides can never be forgotten, but ultimately forgiven.
The video ends with Eminem and Debbie Mathers in an emotional embrace before the two get back into their cars and go their separate ways. Headlights definitely seem like the beginning building blocks to mend the family bond as a whole. The song gives off the impression that Eminem is ready to have his mother back in his life. To have Debbie Mathers in his children’s lives as well so everyone can finally let go of the past and work towards a future complete with family and love.
By Virginia Snowden