He’s a popular rapper in the controversial “drill” genre with over two million TikTok followers while also being a senior in one of New York’s oldest upper private high schools.
Lil Mabu – better known in class as Matthew Peter DeLuca, 17 – has burst onto the scene with the support and acclaim of established names like Tory Lanez, Lil Mosey, Pnb Rock and Rich The Kid.
The lyrics to one of his songs – “NO SNITCHING” – read: “I could never cheat (gang, gang, gang) it’s because of my kids (Yeah). I put a chopper on the blade (Grrah, grrah), put a blade on a switch.’
However, as a freshman at the $60,000 Collegiate School on the Upper West Side, he served on the student council and evangelized Kids Walk for MSK Kids.
Lil Mabu – better known in class as Matthew Peter DeLuca, 17 – has burst onto the scene with the support and acclaim of established names like Tory Lanez, Lil Mosey, Pnb Rock and Rich The Kid. However, as a freshman at the $60,000 Collegiate School on the Upper West Side, he served on the student council and evangelized Kids Walk for MSK Kids
DeLuca currently lives on Manhattan’s Upper East Side in a 3,527-square-foot, five-bed, five-bath condo when he’s not chilling at his parents’ weekend home in the Hamptons.
According to the New York Post, the family’s possessions are worth around $12 million combined.
Drill, as it is known, is controversial around the world, with local authorities from New York to London to Sydney frowning on the subgenre, literally meaning ‘fight or vengeance’.
In DeLuca’s hometown of New York, Mayor Eric Adams has taken to Twitter and Instagram to call for “drilling” rap videos he says promote gun violence.
“We pulled Trump from Twitter because of what he spat,” he said at a news conference on Friday. “Nevertheless, we allow music, the display of weapons, violence. We allow you to remain on these pages.’
Mabu clearly leans into some of the subgenre’s meaner tropes, with lyrics like “Glock came wit” a beam inside/Run him up on a demon vibe/Let it fire-fire-fire” in “I’M NOT A COP” . ‘
His videos — some of which have millions of views on YouTube — include fake shootings at restaurants in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, with DeLuca implying that he was shot himself.
His father, Peter DeLuca, is a funeral director, although he has actually had some run-ins with the law in his past.
What is drill rap music?
Drill music is a subgenre of hip hop characterized by a dark, slow tempo, straightforward lyrics that focus on the dangers of criminal activity, and an emotionless performance.
The nihilistic rap style started in Chicago in the 2010s but has since spread around the world.
The hip-hop style has built a strong following in Brooklyn and is accused of being a driving factor in the recent surge in gun violence against aspiring rappers.
In 2006, DeLuca’s ex-wife Jane accused him of cheating on her out of millions of dollars in their divorce settlement and has one of New York City’s few concealed carry permits.
In a 2021 interview, Lil Mabu said what sets him apart from other rappers is “my age and my fan base.” I’ve only been in the game for about a year, plus or minus a few months.
The interviewer then quoted that he had won a speaking competition twice in a row and a writing prize in sixth grade.
The Post quoted an alumni parent who wasn’t thrilled with DeLuca’s antics.
“If this was any other kid who didn’t have a rap career … who said anything remotely close to what that kid says, they would be deported and never heard from them again,” the unnamed parent said. “College used to be Latin, Greek and Math Olympiads, now it’s TikTok.”
Drill rapping tends to have heavy auto-tuned vocals and themes of violence, killing, and death.
It was the death of Jayquan McKenley, 18, a drill rapper named Chii Wvttz, who was killed outside a Brooklyn recording studio last week that touched on the mayor.
Adams said he wants to meet with high-profile rappers and social media company executives to get the videos removed.
The mayor blamed the music and videos for “causing the deaths of young people like them.”
“They have a civic and corporate responsibility,” he said. “We are alarmed by the use of social media to really exaggerate this violence in our communities. This contributes to the violence we see across the country. It is one of the rivers that we need to dam.”
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11662045/NYC-drill-rapper-Lil-Mabu-upper-crust-WASP-attends-60-000-year-Manhattan-private-school.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 NYC drill rapper Lil Mabu is an upper-class WASP who attends a private school in Manhattan with an annual salary of $60,000