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Photos: Harvard Student Makes History, Submits Rap Album As Final Year Thesis.

A Harvard student has become the first in the university’s history to submit a rap album for his senior thesis.

Obasi Shaw who is of a nigerian descent will graduate from the prestigious university next week, produced his album Liminal Minds while other classmates wrote novels, poems, and short stories.


The 10-track album is the first to be submitted as a senior thesis at the university, and weaves inspiration from Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales with the current race issues.

Mr Shaw was awarded a summa cum laude minus mark for his album – the second highest grade a student can receive in the department.

“[African-Americans are] free, but the effects of slavery still exist,” Mr Shaw told the Harvard Gazette. “Each song is an exploration of that state between slavery and freedom.”

The Atlanta-born student was taught at home by both of his Harvard graduate parents, and credits his mother with the idea of creating a rap thesis.

Mr Shaw grew up listening to Christian rap, and started to listen to more well-known rappers such as Kendrick Lemar and Chance the Rapper only two years ago.

He was inspired by the rappers’ treatment of race, black identity and religion.

Mr Shaw said: “Some people don’t consider rap a high art form, but poetry and rap are very similar.

“Rhyming poems were very common in old English poetry.”

Mr Shaw is not pursuing a career in music, and after graduating plans to intern for at a software engineering firm in Seattle.

Nevertheless, he will continue rapping as a hobby.

Culled from The Telegraph

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