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Harvard Senior Submits 10 Track Hip-Hop Album As His Thesis, Gets An A


You might want to lock the name Obasi Shaw away in the back of your mind; you’ll probably hear it again at some point. The 20-year- old Georgia native, and recent Harvard graduate just wrapped up his Ivy league education.

What is most impressive, though, is what he submitted as his senior thesis.

According to local WSB-TV in Atlanta, the students submission was truly one of a kind.

While most students were busying themselves writing endless pages of research, Shaw was laying down tracks at an on-campus studio. His thesis, a 10 track hip-hop album titled “Liminal Minds” earned him an equivalent of an A- grade.

As a result, Shaw will graduate with honors next week.

Shaw describes the album as “a dark and moody take on what it means to be black in America.” Each track of the album is told from the perspective of a different character, something he says was inspired by Chaucer’s “The Canterbury Tales.” The submission was the first of its kind for the English department.

Usually students submit a written essay as their thesis, but students are willing to submit works of art for consideration as well.

Shaw plans to make the album available online for free in hopes of opening doors int he music industry. For the meantime, he is planning to move to Seattle, where he has a job waiting for him as a software engineer with Google.

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