'Headlights' or 'Asshole': Which Eminem Collaboration Is the Real Slim Shady?

On 'MMLP2,' Em gets tender with fun. guy, rages with Skylar Grey

Eminem, fun., Nate Ruess, Skylar Grey,
Eminem and ... not sure if that's Skylar Grey or fun.'s Nate Ruess Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images
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Marshall Mathers loves his mother. He's also a guy who says "motherfucking" a lot. Eminem's whole career has reflected the complicated relationship between the rapper's on-record alter-egos and his personal life, and the latest two collaborations to surface from his upcoming The Marshall Mathers LP 2 are a particular study in contrasts.

"Headlights," with fun.'s Nate Ruess, is a drippy soft-rocker with Eminem apologizing to his mother for "Cleaning Out the Closet" with what comes across as extreme frankness. Skylar Grey-assisted "Asshole" is a harder-hitting horn stomper about what a, well, "asshole" Eminem supposedly is — though his ridiculous Gwen Stefani dis is less asshole-ish than straight up corny (while we're making stale references, how about Cornholio?). Listen below, via Idolator.

MMLP2 arrives on November 5, the same day he sits down for a SiriusXM "Town Hall" session, and it includes Kendrick Lamar team-up "Love Game," Rihanna collaboration "Monster," "Rap God," "Survival," and "Berzerk." According to USA Today, the whole album could be streaming on iTunes later today (October 31). Happy Halloween?

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