Chuck D Reacts to Oscars Using Public Enemy's 'Fight the Power'

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Chuck D or Public Enemy performs at Bottle Rock festival at Napa Valley Expo on May 29, 2015 in Napa, California.

Chris Rock reported for hosting duty at the 88th Academy Awards on Sunday night (Feb. 28) and strutted onto the stage to the tune of Public Enemy's fist-pumping anthem "Fight The Power," which also played at the end of the ceremony. 

Over the course of the four-hour long presentation, Rock also took aim at Hollywood, dubbing it the "White People's Choice Awards" and even interviewed Compton moviegoers for their input on the Oscars.

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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. 

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"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

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