“Bad Husband” is an apology directed towards Eminem’s ex-wife, Kim Mathers. The title describes Marshall himself. This is the first track Eminem has written as an apology to Kim for the pain he’s caused her throughout his personal and public life.
Eminem has written many songs in the past with Kim as his inspiration, although just about all of them involve Eminem inflicting some sort of violence towards her. Examples include “Kim,” “‘97 Bonnie and Clyde, “Puke,” as well as many others.
Throughout Em’s career, he has written songs that express regret in the way he has treated others through his rhymes. Most significantly, he took out some time on his 2013 track to apologize to his mother in “Headlights” for songs such as “Cleanin’ Out My Closet”.
The song was produced by Alex Da Kid and the hook is sang by X Ambassadors. Also note how in the second and final chorus Hailie’s voice from “My Dad’s Gone Crazy” was sampled.
X Ambassadors sing in the chorus: “How come you can be a lord and a loser? How come, how come, you can be a liar and a good father? A good dad, but a bad husband. Why are you a good father? A great dad, but a bad husband?
X officially annotated it on genius and said: “It’s very hard to write about family dynamics… it can be very vulnerable and uncomfortable. I’ve always had a great relationship with my father, but I think it’s important to acknowledge that nobody’s perfect. I’m about to get married myself, so it’s been helpful for me to get a deeper understanding of why my parents’ marriage ended— that’s involved talking a lot with both my mother and my father about why they decided to separate. It’s actually been extremely therapeutic and has brought me closer to both my parents. I’ve always been a fan of Em and how much he reveals of himself in his songs, so I felt like I had to rise to the occasion.”
In the song Eminem raps: “I loved you but I hated that me and I don’t wanna see that side again but I’m sorry, Kim, more than you could ever comprehend. Leaving you was fucking harder than sawing off a fucking body limb.” This song marks the first time that Eminem has made a direct, public apology to Kim. Listen to the song below: