It’s straight from a private school.
Lil Mabu — the rapper who has amassed 2.6 million followers by dropping beats about fighting cops, knocking over jewelry stores, and sleeping with “b-hes” — is actually a silver kid with privilege.
He’s a senior at Collegiate School, the nearly 400-year-old Manhattan prep school that costs $60,000 a year and has taught generations of Vanderbilts and Kennedys.
The 17-year-old rapper’s real name is Matthew Peter DeLuca, and he lives in his parents’ five-bed, five-bath, 3,327-square-foot apartment on the Upper East Side. During school breaks or on the weekends, he can escape to the Hamptons, where his family owns a 6,182-square-foot mansion at Water Mill. The two properties are worth approximately $12 million.
Drill rap, a controversial subgenre that glorifies guns, drugs and violence, has developed a following in recent years among young people. This past February, it was 18-year-old rapper Jayquan McKenley Shot dead in Brooklyn. Mayor Adams called for her to be a rapper Banned from social media – in spite of him Son is a fan.
Lil Mapou’s lavish life is far from the gross violence and crime he usurps.
“I can’t say no to poles and I’ll beat him with a bat put him in a wheelchair,” he said in a new interview, “Give me like a watch, I’ll leave him flat.” A song called “No Slander”. The line appears to refer to attacking the police with a baseball bat. In an accompanying video, Mabu and her boyfriend rob a jewelry store. the video 6.6 million views on YouTube.
“I’m calling your wide receiver, she’s opening up so easily,” Mabo sang in a misogynistic tune called “The evil wich.”
In another video, ThrowMabu and a friend got into a staged shootout while leaving Mannys Juice Bar and Grill in Williamsburg, which resulted in Mabu being shot in the shoulder.
Lil Mabu currently has 1.9 million followers on TikTok, with another 387,000 on Instagram and 331,000 subscribers on YouTube. Many of his social media posts appear to have been Filmed inside the college. Others show it gets Confused local reaction For his beats at ritzy Southampton.
“Rap is like aggressive music, yeah. Basically kids expressing their feelings but in their own way. It’s the way they do it because they can’t talk to anyone else. The best way to get everything off your chest,” said Shalem Berry, the rapper who owns Collaborated with Mabu Under the name Sha EK.
Berry said Mabo was a “good kid” and “willing to work” but that his privileged life was limited.
“He doesn’t have street cred, but they just respect it because they know he has musical talent,” said Perry.
Mapo’s father, Peter DeLuca, 71, who occasionally makes cameos in his son’s work, might have a little more street cred.
it’s a Manhattan Funeral director, who was accused by ex-wife Jane DeLuca in 2006 of colluding with a pair of disgraced Brooklyn judges Fool her out of millions during their divorce. He fought Legal turf wars With fellow undertakers and take once punch in the face After allegations that she solicited future work from a client’s 91-year-old mother.
He also has a rare New York City permit to carry a concealed handgun.
The Collective Insiders were less armed with gangster influencers.
“If this were any other kid who didn’t have a rap career…who said anything close to what this kid says he would be kicked out and never heard from again” a disturbed parent of a recent teen told The Post. “University used to be Latin, Greek, and Math Olympiad, now it’s TikTok.”
Lil’ Mapo hasn’t always embraced thug life, like earlier videos in his oeuvre “did you miss me” Get a relaxed Justin Bieber-esque aesthetic. Prior to his musical career – when he was just Matthew DeLuca – he was known for his more conscientious endeavors.
“My name is Matthew DeLuca. I go to college. I’m in the ninth grade, and my favorite thing to do at MSK Kids’ Kids Walk is getting together with friends and family to support such an amazing cause,” Facebook video He promotes his work in aid of pediatric cancer research.
When he attended prep school in Buckley—tuition is $55,500 a year—DeLuca was an outstanding student, even achieving the coveted highs “Principal’s Award for Strength of Character.”
Matthew and Peter DeLuca did not respond to multiple requests for comment from The Post.