Eminem – “Headlights” Video (Dir. Spike Lee)

Spike Lee has only dabbled in music videos over the years, but he still has a handful of iconic clips on his resume: Grandmaster Flash and Melle Mel’s “White Lines (Don’t Do It),” E.U.’s “Da Butt,” Public Enemy’s “Fight The Power,” Naughty By Nature’s “Hip Hop Hooray.” And perhaps because he didn’t have any Knicks playoff games to attend this year, he found the time to direct another one, for Eminem’s Marshall Mathers LP 2 track “Headlights.” The song, a collaboration with fun. singer Nate Ruess, is about Eminem’s strained relationship with his mother Debbie, and the video, shot entirely in P.O.V., imagines Debbie’s life after losing touch completely with her son. It’s an empathetic piece of work, and it makes me like the song more, which, after all, is what videos are supposed to do. Spike Lee: Pretty good director! Check it out below.

The Marshall Mathers LP 2 is out now on Shady/Aftermath/Interscope.