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Harvard student submits rap album as his senior thesis

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BOSTON, Mass. -

(AP) - A senior at Harvard University is earning praise - and an honors degree - for his debut rap album.
    
Harvard officials say Obasi Shaw is the first student in the university's history to submit a rap album as a senior thesis in the English department.
    
Shaw is from an Atlanta suburb and describes his album as a moody take on what it means to be black in America.
    
The album draws on Geoffrey Chaucer's 14th-century classic "The Canterbury Tales" and other literary works. It received the equivalent of an A-minus grade, enough to guarantee Shaw will graduate with honors next week.
    
Shaw says he was surprised by the positive response from Harvard.
    
Rap and hip-hop have drawn growing academic interest from colleges, some of which now offer minors in hip-hop studies.

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