Rapper Lil Mabu is a model student at a wealthy prep school

Rapper Lil Mabu is a model student at a wealthy prep school

Straight out of private school.

Lil Mabu—a rapper who’s amassed 2.6 million followers by dropping beats about fighting cops, knocking down jewelry stores, and sleeping with “b—hes”—is actually a child of privilege.

He is a graduate of the Collegiate School, the nearly 400-year-old Manhattan prep school that costs $60,000 a year and educated 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 weekends, he can escape to the Hamptons, where his family owns a 6,182-square-foot home in Water Mill. The two properties are worth a total of nearly $12 million.

Drill rap, a controversial sub-genre that glorifies guns, drugs and violence, has grown in popularity among young people in recent years. Last February, 18-year-old rapper Jayquan McKenley was shot in Brooklyn. Mayor Adams has called for rap to be banned from social media — even though his son is a fan.

Lil Mabu’s lavish life is a far cry from the serious violence and crime he raps about.

Lil Mabu living the high life
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“I can’t say no to the poles and I’ll knock him down with a club, I put an opp in a wheelchair, give me about an hour, I leave him flat,” he said in a recent new message. song called “No Snitching”. The line appears to be a reference to attacking the police with a baseball bat. In an accompanying video, Mabu and a friend act out robbing a jewelry store. The video has 6.6 million views on YouTube.

“I tell you b—ha wide receiver, she open easy,” Mabu rapped on a misogynistic song called “Wicked Witch.”

In another video, Throw, Mabu and a friend get into a staged shootout while leaving Mannys Juice Bar and Grill in Williamsburg, which leads to Mabu taking a bullet to the shoulder.

Lil Mabu after he arrived "coup" in his music video "THROW"
Lil Mabu after being ‘shot’ in his ‘Throw’ music video

Lil Mabu currently has 1.9 million followers on TikTok, with another 387,000 on Instagram and 331,000 subscribers on YouTube. Several of his social media posts appear to have been filmed at Collegiate. Others show him being amazed by the local reaction to his beats in posh Southampton.

“Drill rap is like aggressive music, yeah. Basically, children express their feelings, but in their own way. It’s the way I do it because I can’t talk to anyone else. The best way to get everything off your chest,” said Chalim Perry, a rapper who collaborated with Mabu under the name Sha EK.

Perry said Mabu was a “good kid” and “ready to work” but that his life of privilege was limiting.

“She has no street cred, but they just respect her because they know she has musical talent,” Perry said.

Lil Mabu on a boat
Lil Mabu on a boat
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Mabu’s father, Peter DeLuca, 71, who sometimes makes cameos in his son’s work, might have a little more street cred.

He’s a Manhattan funeral director who in 2006 was accused by ex-wife Jane DeLuca of colluding with a pair of disgraced Brooklyn judges to swindle her out of millions during their divorce. He fought legal turf wars with fellow undertakers and once took a punch in the face after allegedly soliciting future business from a client’s 91-year-old mother.

He also has a rare NYC permit to carry a concealed weapon.

College insiders were less amused by the gangland cosplay.

Lil Mabu on the set of his music video "No Snitching"
Lil Mabu on the set of his “No Snitching” music video
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“If this was any other kid who didn’t have a rap career … who said anything close to what this kid is saying, he would have been expelled and never heard from again,” one parent told the Post annoyed of a recent alum. “Colleges used to be Latin, Greek and Math Olympiads, now it’s TikTok.”

Lil Mabu hasn’t always embraced the thug life, past videos in his work like “Miss Me” have a laid-back, Justin Bieber-like aesthetic. Before his music career—when he was just Matthew DeLuca—he was known for more conscientious pursuits.

“My name is Matthew DeLuca. I go to Collegiate School. I’m in 9th grade and my favorite thing about the Kids Walk for MSK Kids is getting together with friends and family to support such a wonderful cause,” he said in a Facebook video promoting his work to help pediatric cancer research.

Lil Mabu
Not all college members are in favor of Lil Mabu’s reputation.
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When he attended middle school at Buckley — where tuition is $55,500 a year — DeLuca was an outstanding student, even winning the coveted “Principal’s Strength of Character Award.”

Matthew and Peter DeLuca did not respond to multiple requests for comment from The Post.

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