Mac Miller was one of the most popular rappers in the modern day Hip-Hop world. Unfortunately, his life was cut short as he died from a drug overdose back in 2018. He was only 26 years old.
However, it seems an unauthorized biography based on his life has drawn the ire of Miller’s family.
Mac Miller’s mother Karen Meyers, took to Instagram and blasted the book, urging fans not to buy the book. In her statement, Miller’s mother said that they told the author they were uncomfortable with the book and requested the author to stop writing it.
The author paid no heed to the request and went ahead in publishing the book even though the author apparently didn’t have any ‘legitimate primary sources.’
“It has come to the attention of the family and friends of Mac Miller that a new book called Most Dope: The Extraordinary Life Of Mac Miller by Paul Cantor has recently 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.
Furthermore, the writer had no meaningful access to those that were closest to Malcolm — friends, family, and 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 a disservice to Malcolm’s legacy through writing a book without legitimate primary sources.”
While we can’t definitively speak to the intention, 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.”
Miller’s mother claimed that the author is set to release the book around the time of the rapper’s birthday and that using his birthdate as a marketing tool is exploitative and incredibly disappointing.
“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.”
These are certainly some big claims given by the mother. However, it is understandable as no mother would want anyone to use her dead son’s name to make a profit for themselves.