A new music video from Eminem, 50 Cent and Adam Levine features the majestic Michigan Central Station and other abandoned areas of Detroit.
The video, “My Life,” begins inside the train station, with 50 Cent walking through the graffiti-strewn lobby with a helicopter spotlight shining through broken windows. Adam Levine is hiding out in an upper floor, lamenting, “My life, my life/Makes me wanna run away/There’s no place to go.”
Eminem shows up in a neighborhood obscured by fog and darkness. He, too, is trailed by the spotlight of a helicopter.
The chorus, “Got nowhere to go/Nowhere to run and hide/No matter how hard I try,” is a reference to fame, and the helicopter is the obvious metaphor for the public spotlight.
The video, directed by Rich Lee, doesn’t feel like it’s from Detroit. With the exception of the train station, the backdrops look like they could belong to any city.
Check out our behind-the-scenes video of the train station shoot.
Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.