Obasi Shaw Rocks Harvard with Hip Hop
Shaw, 20, will graduate from Harvard University with one of the highest honors having submitted the Hip Hop album for his final thesis. The album submission is the first of its kind in Harvard’s history.
It was Shaw’s mother who originally ignited the idea, when she saw how passionate her son was about writing lyrics and performing in on-campus open mic shows.
Liminal Minds, told from the perspective of a different character, was inspired by Geoffrey Chaucer’s seminal 14th century piece, The Canterbury Tales, and is centered on black identity in the United States.
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
Once he graduates, Shaw will begin working for Google as a software engineer. His album is available here, free of charge.
This is a call to record labels everywhere: can someone please offer this young man a record deal?
By: Danielle Dixon
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