What happens when a budding rapper combines his faith, a love of literature and a message of social justice? A historic thesis project is born. Last year Obasi Shaw made history as the first Harvard student to submit a rap album as an honors thesis. These days Obasi is a software engineer at Google in Seattle. He was recently promoted to Technical Program Manager and will be working on diversity-related initiatives at Google starting in September. He is currently working on a new album, release date pending. Obasi Shaw and the artwork to his rap album and thesis, "Liminal Minds" Photos courtesy of Soundcloud. By Under The Radar Staff.
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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. Date May 16, May 24, View all of Commencement Then, about two years ago, Shaw listened to Kendrick Lamar and Chance the Rapper, mainstream rappers who have achieved popular and critical success with poignant songs about the contemporary struggles of blacks in America. Senior English concentrators at Harvard often submit screenplays, memoirs, novels, a collection of poems or short stories for their creative writing thesis. Shaw wrote a rap album. It is the first rap album ever submitted as a senior thesis in the English Department, said Lauren Bimmler, undergraduate program administrator. It was awarded a grade of summa cum laude minus. That meant, to Shaw, recognition of rap as an art form, one as valid as poetry. Developed in the s by blacks in working-class neighborhoods of New York as a response to their marginalization from society, rap is strongly rooted in the African oral tradition.
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