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Harvard student Obasi Shaw submits rap album as his senior thesis

May 19, 2017 12:27 PM
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Harvard student Obasi Shaw submits rap album as his senior thesis

BOSTON — A senior at Harvard University is earning praise — and an honours degree — for his debut rap album.

Harvard officials say Obasi Shaw is the first student in the university’s history to submit a rap album as a senior thesis in the English department.

Shaw is from an Atlanta suburb and describes his album as a moody take on what it means to be black in America.

The album draws on Geoffrey Chaucer’s 14th-century classic “The Canterbury Tales” and other literary works.

It received the equivalent of an A-minus grade, enough to guarantee Shaw will graduate with honours next week.

Rap and hip-hop have drawn growing academic interest from colleges, some of which now offer minors in hip-hop studies.

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Source: torontosun.com

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