20-year old Harvard graduate, Obasi Shaw joins us on Sway in the Morning on our special edition of the Friday Fire Cypher. But first, here's Obasi's story.
As an English Major, this youngin' was stuck on how to creatively submit his final thesis. After his mother's suggestion, Shaw merged his recent love of hip-hop with his love of writing and created a rap album, entitled "Liminal Minds." A rap album that not only picked up steam on major publications, but also received a prestigious A-grade!
Proud of his African roots, watch Obasi Shaw speak on the meaning of his name, what he hopes to ignite with those who listen to his rap-album thesis and of course we couldn't let him leave without spittin' some bars!
“Yo, these aren’t just fast words / I’m trying to shepherd mass herds / Discerning lies, I’m trying to lead y’all to pastors / I did the math, now I’m givin’ Sway the answers / Rapped myself to graduation, I be spittin’ passwords / I turned the tables backwards / I’ma catch a Masters / Give myself an education, we can’t all be rappers.” Moments later, he raps, “They puttin’ kids in caskets / Ask yourself: ‘could that be me?’ / ‘Cause I need you to understand / If one’s a slave, no one’s free / No one’s free / No one’s free / No one’s free / Y’all ain’t heard the verdict, but 30 cops wanna murder me / Most of y’all ain’t heard of me / That’s cool, I’m just a kid.” - This kid got rhymes y'all. Take a listen for yourself!