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article imageEminem pays Mother's Day tribute to his long estranged mom

By Scott Tuttle     May 11, 2014 in Music
Hip hop legend Eminem, who has spent his entire professional career publicly dissing his mother Debbie Mathers, shocked the world last year when he released an apologetic song called "Headlights," featuring the vocals of Fun's Nate Ruess.
Now, just in time for Mother's Day, the rapper has released a music video for the song directed by Spike Lee.
The video, which is supposed to represent the world through Mrs. Mathers' eyes, also features various photos and video clips from Eminem's youth. Toward the end of the video, Eminem and his mother step out of separate vehicles and embrace each other, symbolically ending a famous feud that has lasted for 15 years.
According to Debbie Mathers' 2007 book My Son Marshall, My Son Eminem, the feud began after Eminem's first album Infinite, flopped and he decided to follow a new route by reinventing his persona as poor trailer trash with an abusive, mentally ill, pill-popping mother. Thus was born his alter ego, Slim Shady and his first mega hit song "My Name Is," featuring the lines "My mom smokes more dope than I do."
Following this wave of success, Eminem began to publicly dis his mother on several occasions, including live concerts and magazine interviews, finally leading to a 1999 slander lawsuit filed by Mrs. Mathers' attorney Fred Gibson for $10 million, which was ultimately settled out of court for $25,000.
The tension began to grow exponentially between the two following this lawsuit. The rapper fired back at his estranged mother with another hit song called "Cleaning Out My Closet," which was dedicated entirely to bashing her. The two rarely communicated for years after.
Now 41 years old, Eminem, whose real name is Marshall Mathers, publicly made the move to bury the hatchet with his recent single "Headlights." The song features many touching lines of reconciliation such as "I don't hate you 'cause, Ma, you're still beautiful to me, 'cause you're my mom," and "Ma, I forgive you … you did your best … oh, what a tangled web we have."
Though the song was released late last year, the Spike Lee-directed video was intentionally not released until Mother's Day as a tribute.
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