Obasi Shaw wrote the album, titled Liminal Minds in a year. It was awarded the second highest grade in the department - summa cum laude minus.

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.

An Ivy League student will be graduating with one of the highest accolades after submitting a 10-track rap album for his final thesis, the first to do so in the history of the university.

Obasi Shaw wrote the album, titled Liminal Minds in a year. It was awarded the second highest grade in the department – summa cum laude minus.

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.

The20-year-old, originally from Stone Mountain, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta said he “never thought it would be accepted by Harvard”.

Undergraduates at the university do not need to submit senior theses, but for those wishing to graduate with honors, it is a requirement.

Rather than write an essay, collection of poems or a piece of prose, Shaw decided to try something different.

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