• Paul Cantor said Mac Miller's family's statement about his biography on the rapper was "factually incorrect"
  • The veteran journalist claimed Miller's family was aware of his book but chose not to participate in it
  • Cantor added that Miller's friends and other people close to him willingly spoke to him about the late rapper

Paul Cantor has denied the claims of Mac Miller's family that his upcoming book about the rapper is "exploitative and incredibly disappointing."

Cantor has been working on "Most Dope: The Extraordinary Life of Mac Miller," which will be released on Jan. 18, 2022, and was made available for pre-order recently. Miller, who was born Malcolm James McCormick, died at the age of 26 in 2018 after a drug overdose.

Ahead of the release of Cantor's unauthorized biography, Miller's mom, Karen Meyers, and estate slammed the book, alleging that the author had "no meaningful access to those that were closest to Malcolm."

Addressing their claims, Cantor, who has written for outlets such as Rolling Stone and Billboard, said he takes pride in his experience and reputation as a journalist.

"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," Cantor said in a statement to Page Six 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 claimed that Miller's family's statement was "factually incorrect." He also denied the claim that he never spoke to people close to Miller and stressed that the late artist's family was aware of his book.

"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 claimed.

"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," he continued.

On Friday, Miller’s estate and his mom criticized Cantor's work in a statement posted to Instagram. According to their statement, his 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 also noted that another biography that has the support of the late rapper's family, "The Book of Mac: Remembering Mac Miller," is set to be released ahead of Cantor's book on Oct. 26.

"While we can't definitely 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 fo 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 the people whom Malcolm held dear," the statement continued.

Meyers and Miller's estate also discouraged fans from buying Cantor's book. "With that in mind, we urge those that wish t support Malcolm and his legacy to abstain from purchasing this new book," they concluded.

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Mac Miller is pictured attending MTV’s “Wonderland” LIVE Show on Sept. 22, 2016 in Los Angeles. Dale Berman/Getty Images