He’s straight outta personal school.
Lil Mabu — a drill rapper who has amassed 2.6 million followers by dropping beats about preventing cops, knocking over jewellery shops, and sleeping with “b—hes” — is really a silver-spoon baby of privilege.
He’s a senior at Collegiate School, the practically 400-year-old Manhattan prep that prices $60,000 a yr and has educated generations of Vanderbilts and Kennedys.
The 17-year-old rapper’s actual title is Matthew Peter DeLuca, and he lives at his dad and mom’ five-bed, five-bath, 3,327-square foot condominium on the Upper East Side. During school breaks or on weekends, he can escape to the Hamptons, the place his household owns a 6,182-square-foot mansion in Water Mill. The two properties are value near $12 million complete.
Drill rap, a controversial sub-genre which glorifies weapons, medicine and violence, has developed a following lately amongst younger individuals. Last February, 18-year-old drill rapper Jayquan McKenley was gunned down in Brooklyn. Mayor Adams has known as for drill rap to be banned from social media — though his son is a fan.
Lil Mabu’s lavish life is a far cry from the gritty violence and crime he raps about.
“Can’t say no to the poles and I’m gon’ beat him down with a bat I put an opp in a wheelchair, give me like an hour, I’m leavin’ him flat,” he mentioned in a single latest information track known as “No Snitching.” The line seems to be a reference to attacking police with a baseball bat. In an accompanying video, Mabu and a pal act out robbing a jewellery retailer. The video has 6.6 million views on YouTube.
“I name your b—ha large receiver, she will get open straightforward,” Mabu rapped in a misogynistic tune known as “Wicked Witch.”
In one other video, Throw, Mabu and a pal get into a staged shootout whereas leaving Manny’s Juice Bar and Grill in Williamsburg, which leads to Mabu taking a bullet to the shoulder.
Lil Mabu presently has 1.9 million followers on TikTok, with one other 387,000 on Instagram and 331,000 subscribers on YouTube. Several of his social media posts seem to have been filmed inside Collegiate. Others present him getting bemused native response to his beats in ritzy Southampton.
“Drill rap is like aggressive music, yeah. Basically youngsters expressing their emotions, however in their very own manner. It’s the way in which they do it as a result of they can not discuss to anybody else. Best technique to get all the things off your chest,” mentioned Chalim Perry, a rapper who has collaborated with Mabu underneath the title Sha EK.
Perry mentioned Mabu was a “good child” and “able to work” however that his lifetime of privilege was limiting.
“He does not have road cred, however they only respect him as a result of they know he has musical expertise,” Perry mentioned.
Mabu’s father, Peter DeLuca, 71, who typically makes cameos in his son’s work, might need a bit extra road cred.
He is a Manhattan funeral director, who in 2006 was accused by ex-wife Jane DeLuca of conniving with a pair of disgraced Brooklyn judges to cheat her out of thousands and thousands throughout their divorce. He’s fought authorized turf wars with fellow undertakers and as soon as took a punch to the face after allegedly soliciting future enterprise from a shopper’s 91-year-old mom.
He additionally has a uncommon NYC allow to hold a hid gun.
Collegiate insiders have been lower than amused by the gangland cosplay.
“If this was another baby who didn’t have a rap profession … who mentioned something near what this child is saying they might be expelled and would by no means be heard from once more” one irritated mum or dad of a latest alum informed The Post. “Collegiate was Latin and Greek and Math Olympiads, and now it is TikTok.”
Lil Mabu did not all the time embrace the thug life, earlier movies in his oeuvre, like “Miss Me” have a relaxed, Justin Bieber-esque aesthetic. Before his music profession — when he was simply Matthew DeLuca — he was recognized for extra conscientious pursuits.
“My title is Matthew DeLuca. I’m going to the Collegiate School. I’m in ninth grade, and my favourite factor about Kids Walk for MSK Kids is getting along with family and friends to help such a great trigger,” he mentioned in a Facebook video selling his work to assist pediatric most cancers analysis.
When he attended Middle School at Buckley — the place tuition is $55,500 per yr — DeLuca was a standout student, even incomes the coveted “Headmaster’s Prize for Strength of Character.”
Matthew and Peter DeLuca didn’t reply to a number of requests for remark from The Post.