Eminem apologizes to his mother, Debbie Mathers, on “Headlights” off his upcoming album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2.
“I went in headfirst,” Eminem raps on the track. “Never thinking 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? / ‘Cleaning 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.”
The Nate Reuss-assisted song continues, with Eminem recalling his time as a youth.
“Why we always at each other’s throats?” Eminem raps on the song. “Especially when dad, he fucked us both / We’re in the same fucking boat / You’d think that it’d make us close, nope.”
Eminem references his estranged relationship with his mother, saying he is not joking on the track.
“‘Cause to this day we remain estranged and I hate it though,” Eminem rhymes on the track.”‘Cause you ain’t even get to witness your grand baby’s grow / But I’m sorry mama for ‘Cleaning Out My Closet,’ at the time I was angry / Rightfully maybe so, never meant that far to take it though, ’cause / Now I know it’s not your fault, and I’m not making jokes / That song I no longer play at shows and I cringe every time it’s on the radio.”
Eminem’s “Cleaning Out My Closet” was released on Eminem’s 2002 album, The Eminem Show. On the track, Eminem insulted his mother. “You selfish bitch,” Eminem raps on the selection. “I hope you fuckin’ burn in hell for this shit.” Eminem has had a history of insulting his mother on various tracks, including his debut single, “My Name Is.”
“Headlights” is a song included on The Marshall Mathers LP 2, a collection meant to be released November 5.