Mac Miller biographer Paul Cantor denies ‘exploitative’ claims

The author behind Mac Miller’s unauthorized biography, “Most Dope: The Extraordinary Life of Mac Miller,” is defending himself in opposition to the late rapper’s household’s claims that he’s being “exploitative.”

“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,” Paul Cantor stated in an announcement to Page Six on Friday. “My credibility is unimpeachable and I don’t take his family’s claims lightly. It’s unfortunate that they feel this way.”

The veteran journalist, who boasts bylines in publications like Rolling Stone and Billboard, added that Miller’s household’s assertion is “factually incorrect.”

“They were made aware of the book at its inception with the utmost best intentions, and they chose to not participate — which I respected,” he says. “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.”

On Friday, Miller’s estate and the “Self Care” rapper’s mother, Karen Meyers, shared a prolonged assertion bashing Cantor’s guide, saying it was “written by a writer with whom Malcolm did not have a relationship.”

Mac Miller and his mom
Mac Miller and his mother
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According to the “Most Dope” guide’s Amazon description, Cantor carried out “detailed reporting and interviews with dozens of Miller’s confidants,” together with “Miller’s collaborators, producers, business partners, best friends, and even his roommates.”

However, Miller’s household claims of their assertion that Cantor had “no meaningful access to those that were closest to Malcolm — friends, family, and collaborators, etc.”

They added that Cantor was allegedly “made aware” that Miller’s household and mates had been “uncomfortable with him authoring this biography, yet he chose to proceed against our polite insistence that he not do a disservice to Malcolm’s legacy through writing a book without legitimate primary sources.”

The property additionally stated the unauthorized biography conflicts with the discharge of one other guide that’s backed by the household, “The Book of Mac: Remembering Mac Miller,” due out Oct. 26, 2021.

“We cannot help but feel the timing of it being made available for pre-order is meant to capitalize on the interest in Donna-Claire Chesman’s recently-announced ‘The Book Of Mac’ with the expectation that people will confuse this book for Donna’s, which does have the support of the estate and includes extensive interviews with people whom Malcolm held dear,” the household added.

Cantor informed Page Six he’s “sure” Chesman’s guide will “be successful, as it should be.”

His biography is ready to be launched on Jan. 18, 2022 — a day earlier than what would have been Miller’s thirtieth birthday — which the “Good News” rapper’s household stated is a “marketing tool” and “incredibly disappointing.”

They concluded their assertion by telling followers, “With that in mind, we urge those that wish to support Malcolm and his legacy to abstain from purchasing this new book.”

This is just not the primary time Miller’s relations have spoken out in opposition to Cantor’s guide.

The cover of "Most Dope: The Extraordinary Life of Mac Miller."
The cowl of “Most Dope: The Extraordinary Life of Mac Miller.”
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In 2019, Meyers warned, “There is a writer doing a Mac Miller biography that some of you have been approached about or will be [in]. This book is not authorized/approved by Mac’s family or Estate. We are not participating and prefer you don’t either if you personally knew Malcolm.”

Miller, whose actual identify was Malcolm James McCormick, died in 2018 of an unintentional drug overdose.

Cantor additionally informed Page Six that Miller “was and still is an important artist and it is unfortunate that he passed away in such tragic circumstances.”

“I believe my book explores and contextualizes the life and art that he left behind,” he added. “I stand behind my reporting. I stand behind my book. And I believe that the work will speak for itself.”

In a message to Miller’s household, Cantor stated, “My heart goes out to his family. Nothing that I can say here can heal the pain of losing their son. I carried that with me in every sentence I wrote.”

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