Mac Miller’s family has shared a statement expressing disappointment in an upcoming biography based on the late rapper’s life. His estate is urging fans not to purchase Paul Cantor’s Most Dope: The Extraordinary Life of Mac Miller.
They released the statement, saying they’d recently discovered the book has been 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,” they write.
“Furthermore, the writer had no meaningful access to those that were closest to Malcolm—friends, family, collaborators etc.
“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.”
They acknowledge that they don’t totally understand the author and publisher’s intention with the book. But they say they’re suspicious of their motives. Particularly, the choice to make the book available for pre-order the day before Mac’s birthday.
They also express concern that the book’s pre-order date purposely coincides with the announcement of Donna-Clair Chesman’s The Book of Mac. The family thinks it may be an attempt to attract pre-orders from fans who’ve mixed the two biographies up.
On The Book of Mac, the family say it has, “the support of the estate, and includes extensive interviews with the people whom Malcolm held dear.”
“We have been consistently disappointed by the author and publisher’s decision to pursue this book given their full understanding of our discomfort with the circumstances under which it was authored, but utilizing Malcolm’s birthdate as a marketing tool is exploitative and incredibly disappointing.”
You can read the statement in full below.