Ivy League Student Submits Rap Album for Final Thesis, Passes with Honors

Image: Hypebeast

Image: Hypebeast

A huge component of the Arsenic bloodline is to push past opinions and charge forward in a creative pursuit of happiness and success. Fcuk what people say, and DO WHAT YOU DO. We're vibing heavy with Obasi Shaw, a 20-year-old Harvard student who handed in a 10 track rap project as his Final Thesis, and graduated with honors. 

Reviewed by Pigeons & Planes, Shaw "spent about a year working on the project titled Liminal Minds and each of the ten songs are written from a different character's perspective. The record was inspired by both his mother, who noticed that he had knack for writing raps and performing at open mics, and Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, which focused on the black identity."


"..effects of slavery still exist. Each song is an exploration of that state between slavery and freedom.”⠀

-Obasi Shaw, image via Twitter

After graduation, Shaw plans to work for Google as a software engineer. However, we hope he doesn't totally bail on his side hustle as a talented ass rapper and keeps his creative flowing. Make sure to check out his 10-track project, Liminal Minds, and Harvard's epic Instagram post about his educational & creative success.