(Yahoo!) - The most shocking song of Eminem's career is actually a tribute to his mother.
On "Headlights," from Eminem's MMLP2 album, the rapper offers a mature, sincere apology to his mom, Debbie Mathers, from whom he remains estranged.
The title "Headlights" refers to their last meeting. As she drove away, he became fixated on the headlights of her car as he coped with feelings of "overwhelming sadness," he raps.
As the lyrics continues, the Detroit rapper apologizes for dissing his mother in songs like 2002's "Cleanin' Out My Closet" in which he called her a "selfish b-tch" he hoped would "burn in hell."
In 1999, Debbie filed a $10 million lawsuit against Eminem, accusing him of slander and settled for $25,000 in 2001.
"I went in headfirst, never thinking about who what I said hurt … My mom probably got it the worst," he raps in his opening lyrics.
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Later he adds, "But I'm sorry mama for 'Cleanin' Out My Closet,' at the time I was angry," dropping that he has removed the song from his set list.
"That song I no longer pay at shows and I cringe every time it's on the radio," he says on the recording.
Eminem refers to a few incidences from their tumultuous past, getting kicked out of the house on Christmas Eve, constant fighting, and his younger brother Nathan's removal to foster care. He also expresses regret that his mother has not been involved in children's lives.
But he makes it clear that the song is about making amends, rapping that he hates their dysfunctional relationship.
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