LISTEN: Harvard Rap Album Thesis Guy Obasi Shaw Gives UNISA Lecture

LISTEN: Harvard Rap Album Thesis Guy Obasi Shaw Gives UNISA Lecture

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You may have read about that kid who made history by submitting a whole rap album as his final-year thesis at Harvard in early 2017.

That Kid was Obasi Shaw who, at 20, submitted a part-album part-essay thesis called Liminal Minds. This incredible feat led to Shaw landing in Cap City to give a talk at UNISA courtesy of the Hear My Voice poetry and arts movement.

In his lecture, Obasi discusses hip-hop as a high art (capital A art), being black in America and how to walk that burdensome line between following your passion and “making it profitable”.

And, as luck would have it, Dope Nation was there to absorb the knowledge that the soft-spoken and articulate rapademic, who only started rapping a few years ago and is ‘bout to start a new gig at Google, had to drop.

Check out Obasi Shaw’s talk on what inspired his musical and scholarly endeavour below.

But before you do that, check out the Hear My Voice gang and the Tshwane Speak Out Loud poetry comp peeps who made it possible.

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