Harvard Student Graduates With Honors After Submitting Rap Album As Final Thesis | Music News
Obasi Shaw, 17, will be graduating with honors after submitting a 10-track rap album as his final thesis. The Ivy League student will be the first-ever student to do so in Harvard’s illustrious history.
The album is titled Liminal Minds, and each song is told from the perspective of a different character. Obasi spent a year writing the album, which focuses on black identity in America and was awarded summa cum laude minus, the second highest grade in the department.
Obasi Shaw '17 submitted Harvard's first rap thesis, "Liminal Minds," which combines elements of Middle English poetry with issues of racial identity in America. “[African-Americans are] free, but the effects of slavery still exist," says Shaw. "Each song is an exploration of that state between slavery and freedom.”⠀ ⠀ After graduation, Shaw will move to Seattle for a one-year internship in software engineering. As for rap, he’ll keep it as a treasured hobby. “Rap is a genre in which I can say everything I want to say,” Shaw said. “I’ve been writing in different capacities, but I never felt that I found my art form until I started rapping.”⠀ ⠀ #Harvard #Harvard17
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