Eminem couldn’t have picked a better meal to donate to the frontline. The 47-year-old rap icon is currently fronting media outlets for having surprised healthcare workers at Henry Ford Health System Hospital in Detroit by donating tubs of “mom’s spaghetti.”
With a giant nod given to the rapper’s 2008 “Lose Yourself” track – now iconic for its “mom’s spaghetti” lyric – the Grammy-winning music face channeled a little personality into his COVID-19 outreach this week.
On Wednesday, the hospital’s Instagram posted the plastic tubs of tomato sauce-covered spaghetti from Marshall Mathers. Unsurprisingly, Twitter exploded as the photos went viral.
Eminem opted out of advertising his donation on social media. Instead, the news went viral after the hospital shared a shot of the delivery, shouting out the “Real Slim Shady” by name.
“Our #HealthcareHeroes “lost themselves” in the delicious Mom’s Spaghetti donated by Detroit’s very own, @eminem. Thank you for providing a special meal for our team members! ?,” the caption read.
With a long history that has included “mom’s spaghetti” brought to 2018 Coachella and the rapper opening a “Mom’s Spaghetti” pop-up in 2017 as he released his “Revival” album, the food that’s now a phrase is, of course, now a viral phenomenon.
Comments came in fast, alongside the photos going viral on Twitter.
“Just what the Dr ordered, mom’s spaghetti, from mr shady himself ? You’re a good man @eminem , donating from the ♥️ Stay safe and well ?,” one fan wrote.
“Very nice gesture of Marshall, he is such a good and sweet guy,” another said.
“Lose Yourself,” performed by surprise by the rapper at the 2020 Oscars sees lyrics: “His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy
There’s vomit on his sweater already, mom’s spaghetti,
He’s nervous, but on the surface he looks calm and ready.”
Long known to have battled substances and frequently mentioning everything from alcohol to vicodin in his lyrics, Eminem is currently making headlines for hitting 12 years of sobriety. Showing his Alcoholic Anonymous coin on Instagram this week, the dad to Hailie Jade wrote:
“Clean dozen, in the books! I’m not afraid” – the latter, of course, also being, in part, a track title. 2010 saw Eminem release “Not Afraid” on his “Road to Recovery: Withdrawal” album. The update received over 1.7 million likes, plus 34,000+ comments.
Despite remaining notoriously private over his status as a father, Eminem has made headlines for his March 19 appearance on Mike Tyson’s “Hot Boxin'” podcast. Speaking of 24-year-old daughter Hailie, a popular Instagram influencer, the rapper said:
“No babies, she has a boyfriend, but she’s doing good. She made me proud for sure. She’s graduated from college. 3.9 [GPA]. It’s crazy.”
“I have a niece that I have helped raise, too,” Slim continued, adding: “that’s pretty much like a daughter to me, and she is 26, and I have a younger one that’s 17 now. So, when I think about my accomplishments, that’s probably the thing I’m the most proud of is that — is being able to raise kids.”