Cleanin' Out My Closet by Eminem


"'''Cleanin' Out My Closet'" is a song by American rapper Eminem released in 2002. It was from his fourth studio album, The Eminem Show and was later featured in his 2005 greatest hits album Curtain Call: The Hits''. "Cleanin' Out My Closet" was the second single released off the album following "Without Me". However, unlike the preceding single which was as his humorous Slim Shady persona, "Cleanin' Out My Closet" was a serious yet sarcastic song based on his childhood and relationships. It also depicts Eminem venting his anger towards his mother, Debbie Mathers, for raising him horribly. In the hook, Eminem sarcastically apologizes to his mother for hurting her and making her cry but takes it back by letting the whole world know what a bad mother she was. It became the second top-ten single from the album, reaching #4 on the United States Billboard Hot 100 chart, and one of the highest-charting singles of his career. The song did not reach #1 on any foreign charts, but was certified Platinum in Australia.

It was also used in the initial theatrical trailer to Eminem's film, 8 Mile released in November of that year.

With the release of The Marshall Mathers LP 2 in 2013, Eminem apologized to his mother on the track "Headlights". He stated (among other things such as wrongfully mocking her drug problem, regretting that he never let his daughters meet their grandmother) that he cringes when he hears "Cleanin' Out My Closet" on the radio, and that he does not play the song in-concert any more.