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Harvard student Obasi Shaw, an English major, has become the first Harvard student to create a rap album as a senior thesis. His album is dedicated to the difficulties and struggles of black Americans and takes inspiration from both Chance The Rapper and Kendrick Lamar.

“Some people don’t consider rap a high art form,” Shaw said. “But poetry and rap are very similar. Rhyming poems were very common in old English poetry…” says Shaw.

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