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Lil Mabu, real name Matthew Peter DeLuca, is a drill rapper from New York City who steadily gained internet attention for his attempts to break into the NYC drill rap scene, with many internet commentators accusing DeLuca of being an industry plant who wields his wealthy background to astroturf his way into popularity. DeLuca has a large TikTok and Instagram following, with his main critics residing on Twitter and Reddit. DeLuca came under renewed scrutiny after his song "Mathematical Disrespect," which debuted in the Billboard Hot 100 at No.90.


DeLuca's earliest accessible music release was posted to his Soundcloud on June 15th, 2019, under the track name "Glue."[1] The upload has gathered over 11,000 streams in three years. DeLuca posted his earliest YouTube[2] video on October 16th, 2020, titled "Lil Mabu – "Heartbreaking" (Official Audio)." The track gathered over 170,000 plays in two years.

Matthew DeLuca began his foray into NYC drill rap with his song "Demon Time," uploaded to his YouTube[11] on May 6th, 2021 (seen below).

The earliest known meme about Lil Mabu was posted to /r/memes on Reddit[3] on March 29th, 2020, where it gathered over 1,400 upvotes in three years (seen below).

1454 Love you lil Mabu ( submitted 3 years ago by [deleted] 11 comments share save hide report crosspost hide all child comments Soundcloud rappers after rhyming down with down lah UFOW **


DeLuca began gaining popularity primarily on TikTok in 2022, with an August 9th, 2022, post on his TikTok[4] gathering over 21 million plays in nine months (seen below, left). A January 20th, 2023 post on his TikTok[5] gathered over 11 million likes in five months (seen below, right).

@lilmabu MABU NEVA LACK. THAT’S A FACT.🤝👿 #lilmabu #bronx #kayflock #adinross #fypシ ♬ NO SNITCHING (with Dusty Locane) – Lil Mabu & Dusty Locane

@lilmabu Lil Mabu – “On The Radar” Freestyle👺🤓#lilmabu #nerd #dthang #ddosama #nydrill #arrdee #centralcee #ukdrill #math #jackharlow #eminem ♬ On The Radar Freestyle – Lil Mabu

On January 21st, 2023, the New York Post[6] published an article detailing Matthew DeLuca's lifestyle and history, describing him as the son of wealthy New York funeral director Peter DeLuca, adding that he lives in a "3,327-square foot condo on the Upper East Side," vacations in a "6,182-square foot" mansion in the Hamptons, and goes to Collegiate School, a 400-year-old private school that costs over $60,000 a year to attend. The article also noted that Mabu's father "might have a bit more street cred," stating:

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 millions during their divorce. He’s fought legal turf wars with fellow undertakers and once took a punch to 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 gun.

On March 15th, 2023, Twitter[7] user @ayeejuju posted a clip from a Lil Mabu song with the caption, "bro tryna make it INTO the hood wit his music LMAOOO," gathering over 20,000 likes in two months (seen below).

On May 15th, 2023, Twitter[8] user @keybladevolo quote tweeted an announcement by Billboard that Lil Mabu's track "Mathematical Disrespect" had entered the Billboard Hot 100. The quote tweet shared a screenshot from the aforementioned New York Post article as well as a caption that read, "this rap shit so over dude." The post gathered over 10,000 likes in a day (seen below).

zombAe of Rural Internet @zombAewAlk· May 15, 2023 this rap s--- so over dude He's straight outta private school. Lil Mabu-a drill 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-spoon child of privilege. He's a senior at Collegiate School, the nearly 400-year-old Manhattan prep that costs $60,000 a year and has schooled generations of Vanderbilts and Kennedys. The 17-year-old rapper's real name is Matthew Peter DeLuca, and he lives at his parents' five-bed, five-bath, 3,327-square foot condo 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 manse in Water Mill. The two properties are worth close to $12 million total. b billboard charts b@billboardcharts. 22h .@lilmabu's "Mathematical Disrespect" debuts at No. 90 on this week's #Hot100. It's his first career entry on the chart. 122 1 899 10.6K ₁1M :

Accusations of DeLuca being an "industry plant" are buttressed by various internet commentators noting that they received messages from internet "bots" that were promoting DeLuca's music. On May 15th, 2023, Twitter[9] user @xos1ck posted a tweet about receiving such messages, gathering over 300 likes in a day (seen below, left). Also on May 15th, Twitter[10] user @kumbarz posted a screenshot of one such message (seen below, right).

ME venus @xos1ck lil mabu used to have a bot that dmd me every week telling me to listen to his music 6:16 PM. May 15, 2023 21.2K Views 2 Retweets 363 Likes Yo Food Bih Dem Fack You da 27 5 Bookmarks Tweet your reply! 1 □ ↑ Reply enchai @enchaioslo. 19h This is true, I am actually the software-engineer hired by his father to maintain complete social- media dominance. I hope it wasn't too annoying, I can finally afford to move my family out of Ohio and we all sleep much better these days. 27 28 1,993 ↑ blank @kumbarz. May 15, 2023 Replying to @zombAewAlk and @InternetCommas 3 followers 0 posts You don't follow each other on Instagram View profile lilmabu mabu JAN 23, 2021 WHO LET THIS KID MAKE DRILL MUSIC???! right now w-- FOLLOW HIM SO YOU CAN SAY YOU CAN SAY YOU WERE THERE FROM THE START but he is blowing up 17 5 His IG page is above 222 ₁13.9K (→

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apartment9 ☆ ☆ (yeahOk! fan acct) @apt9charlie daddy money music one of the worst kinds of music it has a distinctly pungent aura lil mabu @lilmabu. Mar 15 am I the best white rapper? 0:14 I'll see you later, bye! 5:39 PM . May 15, 2023 240.6K Views . 127 Retweets 15 Quotes 2,833 Likes 164 Bookmarks SK 0:11 @raptalksk this like if thimothée chalamet made drill music lmfao From lil mabu HI only deal that you took was a plea b billboard charts b@billboardcharts - 22h .@lilmabu's "Mathematical Disrespect" debuts at No. 90 on this week's #Hot100. It's his first career entry on the chart. 9:57 AM - May 16, 2023 509.3K Views 80 Retweets 87 Quotes 2,767 Likes 189 Bookmarks : THIS KID IS WAY BETTER THAN JUICE WRLD 0:13 t****y @areyoufuckingfr 8:35 Cancel Public i hope somebody shoots lil mabu in the head 9:35 AM. May 12, 2023 15.2K Views Tweet 33 Retweets 2 Quotes 333 Likes 4 Bookmarks : Abra @PerhapsAbraxas Lil mabu pisses me off because there are perfectly respectable ways to be a privileged white kid doing hip-hop (vaguely homosexual cloud rap) but he chooses the corniest s--- possible 7:58 PM . May 15, 2023 6,507 Views 5 Retweets 1 Quote 33 Likes 2 Bookmarks

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External References

[1] Soundcloud – Lil Mabu

[2] YouTube – Lil Mabu

[3] Reddit – /r/memes

[4]  TikTok – lilmabu

[5] TikTok – lilmabu

[6] New York Post – Lil Mabu

[7] Twitter – ayeejuju

[8] Twitter – keybladevolo

[9] Twitter – xos1ck

[10] Twitter – kumbarz

[11] YouTube – Lil Mabu

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