Everyone who’s been a fan of Eminem remembers all the times he’s completely disrespected his mother, Debbie Mathers, in his music. Calling her a “selfish bitch”, and hoping she burns in hell are some of the many phrases he’s used in reference to the woman that gave him life. No judgement here though!
“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 Nate Reuss-assisted song continues, with Eminem recalling his time as a youth. “Why we always at each other’s throats?/ Especially when dad, he fucked us both / We’re in the same fucking boat / You’d think that it’d make us close, nope.”
“‘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.”
Eminem’s “Cleaning Out My Closet” was released on Eminem’s 2002 album, The Eminem Show. On the track, Eminem insulted his mother with the infamous line: “You selfish bitch/ I hope you fuckin’ burn in hell for this shit.” Eminem has had a history of insulting his mother on various tracks, including his debut single, “My Name Is.”
Now that Eminem has grown & matured through the years, watching his daughter Haylie grow up, it seems Eminem realizes the importance of family, & that it’s time to make amends. Wise decision, and we hope this track will fix the broken relationship between mother & child.
“The Marshall Mathers LP 2” is expected to be released November 5.