After years of disses and insult, Eminem apologizes to his mother, Debbie Mathers, on “Headlights” off his upcoming album, The Marshall Mathers LP.
“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 rapper references his youth saying how he and his mother went through the same thing with his father and how it should have made them close.
“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.”
He goes on to express regret for the distance between his mother and his daughter and the track “Cleaning Out My Closet” were he insults his mother.
“‘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.”
“Headlights” is a song included on The Marshall Mathers LP 2, which is set to drop November 5.