By Dustin Seibert
Color me less than convinced.
In a play for sympathy, redemption and a few “awwws,” Eminem released “Headlights,” a mea culpa to the mother he spent his entire career bashing and slandering to the tune of meeelions and meeelions of records sold, just in time for Mother’s Day.
Aside from the fact that the song sucks donkey balls and has a hook from the chump responsible for the ear cancer “We Are Young” who’s in a band with the guy dating the eye cancer from Girls, “Headlights” features an introspective Em that we’ve seen a lot of as of late considering he’s getting older and now has a barely legal daughter who is likely forcing him to reconsider his rampant misogyny. But it’s hard to get hype about the sincerity of a dude who made a song about killing his baby’s mother in grisly detail that was included on one of the best-selling rap albums of all time. Like, that shit is out there forever, dude — there are no take-backs whatsoever.
The interesting thing about the “Headlights” video is that, in apologizing, Em still manages to drudge up more of his mother’s dirty hayseed family laundry — it’s like he works to squeeze an episode of The Maury Show in at least every other track. I wonder how pleased Debbie Mathers is at her internationally renowned son reminding everyone once again how she failed as a mom.
Slim, if you’re reading this, I’m not sure we believe you, dude. You need more people.
(Mid-’70s Debbie Mathers could get it all day, though.)