Florida-based singer-songwriter J.T. Wilde was shocked that his song “Where We Go One (We Go All)” was removed from the popular music streaming platform Soundcloud. He believes that the song was censored because it has a chorus that bears similarities to the language of the QAnon conspiracy theory. Referring to the perceived hypocrisy, Wilde further pointed out that N.W.A.’s splitting title “F**k Tha Police” by N.W.A. would continue to be available to listeners on the platform.
According to a CBS News statement on the QAnon conspiracy theory, “Where we go one, we go all” is a battle cry often used by people who believe in the conspiracy theory, and the abbreviation “WWG1WGA” is also often used.
PLEASE PLEASE RT! #SoundCloud has removed my music!
– J.T. Wilde (@JTWildeMusic) October 28, 2020
According to the video of the song, which can be found on YouTube, the title is “dedicated to all in the military who are going through hard times”. The video also includes the phone number of the suicide hotline.
In a press release, Wilde defended his right to freedom of expression. “Music is the ultimate expression of freedom of speech and art, and for SoundCloud to take such an absurd action is absolutely outrageous,” he said.
Wilde’s song is still available on YouTube and other streaming platforms like Apple Music and Spotify.
He also pointed out that the streaming platform called the classic Straight Outta Compton song hypocritical. “Also, take a look at the lyrics… SoundCloud still has N.W.A.’s ‘F**k Tha Police’ on their platform, yet they have removed my song, which is about unity and doesn’t contain a single obscene word,” he said.
It’s also worth noting that N.W.A.’s song is about police brutality and corruption and has little in common with Wild Song lyrically.
While a link to the song shows that it has been removed on Soundcloud, Wilde has another song called “You Are Lightning” available on the platform.
The lyrics of the song vaguely allude to the support for President Donald Trump (see the opening lines: “They call us deporable/and we love the name”) and call for patriotism, while also making violent allusions to an unnamed “she”. (“they want to take us to hell/but we have weapons at the gate,” it says in one verse). Despite the violent images, Wilde said he did not condone violence. “I was against any war we had with America. I am a pacifist and believe that violence is unnecessary in all circumstances. My song should expose the criminals in government and the media,” he said.
Wilde wrote that while the title does not directly refer to the use of the QAnon phrase, he acknowledged that it is popular among believers in the conspiracy. “The song was inspired by the phrase ‘Where we go, there we all go’, a naval term that inspired unity, honor and responsibility to fellow humans. This phrase was on the bell on JFK’s boat and also became famous in the movie ‘White Squall’ [sic]. Q posted this phrase to inspire the need for unity in America despite attempts by the MSM [mainstream media]and the far left to divide the American people,” he wrote.
Although Wild QAnon is not specifically mentioned in the song, the last verse seems to confirm that the song is indeed about the conspiracy. The text, as transcribed in the description of the video on YouTube, is below:
They call it a conspiracy
Because it is their last lie.
But we know who they are.
And we have them in our sights
Our knowledge is power
They run into the mountains
if the law does not gettem
Then (We, the people) will
“I don’t ‘believe’ in everything that the Q movement as a whole has brought to light, but I think the movement has drawn attention to some issues and raised many questions that should be answered and discussed,” Wilde wrote in the email.
Wilde believes that the removal of his song by Soundcloud is a blow to his First Amendment rights, and that it could be transferred to other streaming sites. “I am concerned that the song will be deleted from other platforms,” he wrote, “Censoring a song is an ultimate form of totalitarian media. The precedent set by SoundCloud should be addressed. Political and revolutionary songs should be under the protection of the 1st amendment in our constitution.
As previously reported, a number of social networking sites such as Patreon, Twitter and Facebook have taken steps to remove content that promotes the ridiculous conspiracy theory and spreads disinformation.
A press contact for Soundcloud did not respond in a timely manner to the email request sent to Tekk.tv for a comment on the release.