Harvard Grad Obasi Shaw Submits Rap Album as Final Thesis, Graduates With Honors

Making history with ‘Liminal Minds.’

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Harvard grad student Obasi Shaw has paved a new scholastic path, graduating from the Ivy League school with honors after submitting a rap album for his final thesis. The 10-track album titled Liminal Minds — which is the first-ever in Harvard’s illustrious history — took over a year for 20-year-old Shaw to complete. Each song is told from the perspective of a different character, supposedly inspired by Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales and Shaw’s mother. It focuses on black identity in America and was awarded summa cum laude minus, which is the second highest grade in the department. After graduating, Shaw will be working for Google as a software engineer. Check out the album below.

Harvard has also added Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly, as well as NasIllmatic to its library for their “cultural significance.”


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