The author of Mac Miller’s unauthorized biography, “Most Dope: The Extraordinary Life of Mac Miller”, defends himself against claims by the rapper’s family that he is an “exploiter”.
“I am a journalist with almost twenty years of experience, having been fair and honest in reporting the biggest celebrities to people in every nook and cranny of everyday life,” Paul Cantor said in a statement to Page Six Friday. . “My credibility is impeccable and I don’t take his family’s claims lightly. It’s unfortunate that they feel like that.
The seasoned journalist, who claims signatures in publications like Rolling Stone and Billboard, added that Miller’s family statement is “factually incorrect.”
“They were made aware of the book from its inception with the most extreme best intentions, and they chose not to participate – which I respected,” he says. “This book has been approached with love and care. And [Miller]Friends of and others close to him, as well as many people in the music industry, have spoken to me readily. I have spent countless hours in long interviews, many of them moving and revealing. “
Friday, Miller’s Estate and the mother of the rapper “Self Care”, Karen Meyers, shared a lengthy statement denigrating Cantor’s book, claiming that it was “written by a writer with whom Malcolm had no relationship.”
According to Amazon’s description of the book “Most Dope,” Cantor has conducted “in-depth reporting and interviews with dozens of Miller confidants,” including “collaborators, producers, business partners, best friends and even his roommates in Miller “.
However, Miller’s family claim in their statement that Cantor had “no meaningful access to those closest to Malcolm – friends, family and collaborators, etc.”
They added that Cantor was allegedly “informed” that Miller’s family and friends were “uncomfortable with him as the author of this biography, but he chose to proceed against our polite insistence that he don’t do Malcolm’s legacy a disservice by writing a book without legitimate primary sources. . “
The estate also said the unauthorized biography conflicts with the release of another family-backed book, “Mac’s Book: Remembering Mac Miller”, released on October 26, 2021.
“We can’t help but think that the timing of its making it available for pre-order is intended to capitalize on the interest in Donna-Claire Chesman’s recently announced ‘The Book Of Mac’ with the hope that people will confuse this book with that of Donna, which has the support of the estate and includes in-depth interviews with those dear to Malcolm, ”the family added.
Cantor replied that he had not announced his book “out of respect for the family and his book”, adding: “The only people who have already spoken about my book are they”.
The biographer added that he was “sure” that Chesman’s book “will be successful, as it should”.
Cantor’s bio is scheduled for release on Jan. 18, 2022 – a day before what would have been Miller’s 30th birthday – which the “Good News” rapper’s family called a “marketing tool” and “incredibly underwhelming.”
They concluded their statement by telling fans, “With that in mind, we urge those who wish to support Malcolm and his legacy to refrain from purchasing this new book.”
This is not the first time that Miller’s relatives have spoken out against Cantor’s book.
In 2019, Meyers warned, “There is a writer doing a biography of Mac Miller who some of you have been approached or will be. [in]. This book is not authorized / endorsed by Mac family or estates. We do not participate and would prefer that you also do not if you know Malcolm personally.
Miller, real name Malcolm James McCormick, died in 2018 of an accidental drug overdose.
Cantor also told Page Six that Miller “was and still is an important artist and it is unfortunate that he passed away under such tragic circumstances.”
“I believe my book explores and contextualizes the life and art he left behind,” he added. “I support my reporting. I stand behind my book. And I believe the work will speak for itself.
In a message to Miller’s family, Cantor said, “My heart goes out to his family. Nothing I can say here can heal the pain of losing their son. I took it with me in every sentence I wrote.