Harvard Student Graduates With Honors After Submitting Mixtape As His Dissertation
Obasi Shaw is a 20-year-old originally from Stone Mountain, Georgia. He recently graduated from Harvard University, with honors. And he did it in a way we’ve never seen before.
To graduate from Harvard with honors you need to submit a dissertation. Now, a dissertation is usually a collection of short stories or poems or maybe a deeply researched and reported persuasive essay. Instead of doing any of those things, however, Shaw submitted a ten track mixtape called Liminal Minds as his dissertation.
Not only was the mixtape so good it was accepted, but Shaw received a grade of A- minus for it and a shout out on Harvard’s official Instagram page:
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
Liminal Minds is a pretty creative album. Like mentioned before, the tape is only ten songs and each track focuses on a different aspect of the black struggle in America.
Speaking to Elite Daily about the tape, Shaw says:
It’s been disorienting because I just submitted it as my thesis. I just didn’t expect anything to come of it. I had been sharing it with friends. No more than 100 people had heard it.
After he passed, Shaw put the tape on his SoundCloud, and he’s gotten hundreds of thousands of views since.
As for what’s next, Say is taking his talents to a different career. Next year he will be interning for Google in Seattle.
H/T: Elite Daily