Shaw's final LP, Liminal Minds, was the first rap album to ever be submitted as a thesis in the prestigious school's almost 400-year history. Spurred on by the suggestion, Shaw took to recording the album, rather than writing a collection of essays or poetry. He credits his mother, who had noticed his knack for the art form when he performed at open mics on campus, for having given him the idea to do a rap album for his honours thesis.
The 10-track album is inspired by Chaucer's Canterbury Tales with the current race issues.
Shaw, who was managing editor of the Harvard Ichthus, a journal of Christian faith, and a member of the Christian group Harvard Faith and Action, prepared for his album by listening to mainstream rap and studying the history of rap which was birthed among blacks in working-class neighborhoods of NY in the 1970s.
Senior students at Harvard aren't usually expected to write dissertations but if they want to graduate with honors, it is required.
As Shaw described, the labor took "a little over a year" and was submitted for final analysis back in March.
When you think of Harvard University, one of the world's most prestigious institutes for higher learning, the first thing that comes to mind is probably not "hip-hop".
Obasi Shaw wrote the album, titled Liminal Minds in a year.
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"The fact that it was these ordinary people telling their own stories just really appealed to me", Shaw said of the 14th-century classic.
"Rap is a genre in which I can say everything I want to say".
As a devout Christian, Shaw enjoyed Christian rap for most of his youth.
Shaw's thesis adviser, English lecturer Josh Bell, called Shaw an "artist".
"He was able to turn around an album that people in the English Department would like very much but also that people who like rap music might like", said Bell. Kendrick Lamar's album To Pimp A Butterfly, as well as Nas'Illmatic, were both added to the Harvard Library in an "acknowledgement of their cultural significance".
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