The family of Mac Miller have taken to Instagram to speak out against an upcoming biography of the late rapper.
Most Dope: The Extraordinary Life of Mac Miller, written by music journalist Paul Cantor, was made recently made available for pre-order. “This book is not authorized or endorsed by Malcolm’s family and has been written by a writer with whom Malcolm did not have a relationship,” Miller’s estate said in a statement on 8 May. “Furthermore, the writer had no meaningful access to those that were closest to Malcolm—friends, family, collaborators etc.”
The statement claims, “In fact, the writer of this book was made aware at the outset of the process of writing this book that the family and friends of Malcolm were uncomfortable with him authoring this biography, yet he chose to proceed against our polite insistence that he not do disservice to Malcolm’s legacy through writing a book without legitimate primary sources.”
Miller’s estate also addressed Most Dope’s release date of January 18, 2022, claiming that Cantor and his publisher, Abrams Press, deliberately set it close to the late rapper’s birthday of January 19 “as a marketing tool,” a decision they denounced as “exploitative and incredibly disappointing.”
The statement concludes with Miller’s estate requesting fans “abstain from purchasing this new book.” They also urged fans to instead support The Book of Mac: Remembering Mac Miller, an officially endorsed book about the rapper by Donna-Claire Chesman due out 26 October 2021.
Read the full statement here:
Cantor has responded to the Miller estate’s criticism of his book. “I’m a journalist with nearly twenty years of experience, having been fair and honest in my reporting on the biggest celebrities to people in the smallest corners of everyday life,” he said in a statement to Page Six on May 7. “My credibility is unimpeachable and I don’t take his family’s claims lightly. It’s unfortunate that they feel this way.”
“They were made aware of the book at its inception with the utmost best intentions, and they chose to not participate—which I respected,” Cantor said. “This book was approached with love and care. And [Miller]’s friends and other people close to him, as well as numerous people in the music industry, did willingly speak to me. I sat through countless hours of long interviews, many of them emotional and revealing.”