Public Enemy's Chuck D took to his timeline to discuss the awards' song selection. "The song Fight The Power is beyond me & the crew.The point of the song is a call to making change eventually not just applauding the thought," he tweeted. "Art speaking. Fight The Power. Make change.Demand respect. Do your own awards RIGHT & give indie artists & actors a chance to make a LIVING."
Earlier on his Twitter, the New York MC deposited his two cents on the awards show.
'Fight The Power' Plays Off the 2016 Oscars
"Oscars are like a TRADE show. If you aint in that business why should you care? Its like winter baseball meetings, how many care about that?," he wrote. "Black Community support the ARTS as education REFORM & stop waitin for corporations to educate you on something they just hustling our way ... I seen folk past 20yrs wanna be actors in movies but ignore their school theater & plays ( if they had it) or Rappers dissin music classes."
The politically charged track "Fight The Power" was also a theme in Spike Lee's classic yet controversial 1989 film Do The Right Thing.