Black Boy Joy: Harvard Student Gets Honors For Senior Thesis Rap Album
Mic check, 1-2, 1-2.
An Ivy league undergrad made history by turning in his senior thesis in the form of a mixtape, and scoring an “A”. Obasi Shaw got the idea after his mom suggested he try it. The 20 year-old regularly performs his original music at open mics around the campus.
Shaw actually wrote the album, titled Liminal Minds in a year and it fit his extra credit thesis perfectly. Each song is told from a different character’s perspective, a format inspired by Geoffrey Chaucer’s seminal 14th-century piece, The Canterbury Tales, and focuses on black identity in America.
It was awarded the second highest grade in the department – summa cum laude minus, according to Business Insider. Undergraduates at the university do not need to submit senior theses, but for those wishing to graduate with honors, it is a requirement.
The album is available online for free. After graduation, Shaw will work as a software engineer at Google.
Congratulations to this young man! We hope to see him go far.