Appropriately released on Mother’s Day in the US, Eminem has revealed the accompanying video to his song Headlights, in which he apologises to his mother for negatively referencing her in his past music. The clip was directed by Spike Lee and the song itself features Fun. frontman Nate Ruess.
Shot mostly from the first-person perspective of Eminem’s mother, Debbie Mathers, the four-minute video was shot by Lee in Eminem’s home town of Detroit. Both the film and the song explore the troubled relationship between the rapper and his mother and finds the two reconnecting after years of contentious struggling.
The last time Spike Lee was behind the director’s chair for a music video was in 2009 for Michael Jackson’s This It It. Before that, according to Consequence of Sound, it had been another 13 years since he sat in the music video director’s chair.
Headlights, featuring Nate Ruess, is the latest video from Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2, released last year. In June, he’ll become the first rapper to headline Wembley Stadium with a two-night residency. He’s also scheduled to play headlining slots at Chicago’s Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits.
Watch: Eminem – Headlights ft. Nate Ruess