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, 18-year-old rapper Jaequan McKinley was murdered in Brooklyn. Mayor Adams has called for rap music to be banned on social media — even though his 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 has 6.6 million views on YouTube.
“I’m calling your wide receiver, she’s so easy to open,” Mabo sang in a misogynistic tune called “Wicked Witch.”
In another video, Throw, Mabu, and their friend get into a staged shootout while leaving Mannys Juice Bar and Grill in Williamsburg, leaving Mabu 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 Collegiate. Others show him feeling a bemused local reaction to his beats in fashionable Southampton.
“Rap is like aggressive music, yes. 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. Best of all,” said Shalem Berry, a rapper who collaborated with Mapo under the name Sha EK. A way to get it all off your chest.”
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.
He is a Manhattan funeral director who was accused by ex-wife Jane DeLuca in 2006 of colluding with a pair of disgraced Brooklyn judges to con her out of millions during their divorce. He’s fought legal wars with fellow undertakers, and once received a punch in the face after allegedly soliciting future business 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 the thug life—his previous videos, like “Miss Me,” have featured Justin Bieber’s laid-back 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 about MSK Kids’ Kids Walk is getting together with friends and family to support such an amazing cause,” he said in a Facebook video promoting his work to aid pediatric cancer research.
When he attended middle school in Buckley—where tuition is $55,500 a year—DeLuca was an outstanding student, even receiving the “Headmaster’s Award for Strength of Character.”
Matthew and Peter DeLuca did not respond to multiple requests for comment from The Post.