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Eminem's Mother Understands Her Son's Pain

Triple-platinum rapper and producer Eminem is known for his violent, controversial lyrics. He vents on everything from his unhappy childhood in a single-parent home to his contempt for various celebrities and the mainstream media. His songs frequently defame others, including his family members.

Eminem raps about his mother being welfare dependent, a drug addict, and sleeping around with many different boyfriends. He calls her a horrible mother, and says that he hopes she burns in hell. His mother, Debbie Nelson, doesn't take it to heart, though.

"That's just artistic expression," she says. "He's very sad on the inside. He is hurting a lot. And I can see it. I can see through my son. I know him like the back of my hand."

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