Fact Check: Was Iggy Azalea Song Played Instead of National Anthem in Stadium?

Shock rippled across TikTok after a video emerged supposedly showing the explicit opening lyrics of Iggy Azalea's song, Kream, blasting out to a stadium crowd.

The words "b******" and "p****" can be heard as there are gasps of shock from the audience, before the X-rated song quickly changes to The Star-Spangled Banner.

The Claim

A video is circulating widely online that appears to show the intro of the Australian rapper's song, featuring the artist Tyga, released in 2018, accidentally being played instead of the national anthem.

The clip shows a fly-by at the Raymond James Stadium, in Florida, home of the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

A video, shared to TikTok by user @jamesmfn on Wednesday, has amassed 7.8 million views.

It was captioned: "Someone's getting fired."

The Facts

The audio is listed as "nATioNaL aNthEm - Johnny McKay," and on the sound's page there are numerous clips from various football games and stadiums, with the sound layered over the top.

The social media platform enables any user to use sound recorded and shared on the site, with the website explaining: "One important thing to remember is that anything you record on TikTok can be used as a sound used by someone else."

Johnny McKay, who posts under the name @johnnyflys, has taken credit for creating the audio.

He shared a clip, also on Wednesday, panning a football stadium, with the national anthem mix-up playing.

McKay, who describes himself as a commercial pilot from Los Angeles, captioned the clip: "Who has been following me since I made this sound."

The first time McKay uploaded the track was on July 7, 2019, using different visuals of a stadium.


They played the WRONG song...don’t let this flop! 🤦‍♂️🤷‍♀️ #comedy #funny #fyp #viral #trend

♬ nATioNaL aNthEm - Johnny McKay

He captioned the clip, now watched 17.5 million times: "They played the WRONG song... don't let this flop!"

The audio's own TikTok page shows the first time it was used by fellow users was the next day, July 8, 2019.

The video and audio were later widely shared on various social media platforms, including Twitter and Instagram.

User @tropicsass shared McKay's original 2019 clip to Twitter, also on July 8, 2019, that has since been watched 1.3 million times.

It attracted widespread attention at the time, with Azalea responding to the clip on the same day.

She retweeted the video, saying: "I am cackling."

Iam cackling https://t.co/VUZYys2vDd


Since its creation two years ago, dozens of accounts have used or shared the audio, dueting the original video, or layering it over new visuals.

On July 11, 2019, McKay shared another video to TikTok, responding to the interest his video and audio received.

He said: "I broke the internet with a fake video of the National Anthem. It went viral."

The clip supposedly reveals how he created it, as he shared a computer screen showing a music editing program.

Iggy Azalea during the iHeartRadio Music Festival
Iggy Azalea poses in the press room during the iHeartRadio Music Festival at T-Mobile Arena on September 21, 2018, in Las Vegas, Nevada. A video has surfaced supposedly showing her track Kream playing before the national anthem. David Becker/Getty Images

Various segments can be seen, titled "please rise for the..," "Iggy Azeala—Kream ft. Tyga," "National Anthem of the United States of America" and "crowd reaction."

The video, which amassed 163,000 views, was captioned: "It didn't actually happen. It was an edit."

McKay has since listed the video for sale on Rarible, a digital platform allowing people to buy digital content.

The listing says: "My viral TikTok where Iggy Azalea's "Kream" is accidentally played instead of the National Anthem. It received over 100+ million views combined on TikTok, Instagram, Twitter. I posted this video on my TikTok account @johnnyflys on August of 2019."


I broke the internet with a fake video of the National Anthem. It went viral. 🤭 #tiktok #comedy

♬ original sound - Johnny McKay

The Ruling


The original audio clip was revealed to be an edit created by McKay on July 7, 2019.

Since its creation, numerous other people have used the same audio and layered it over various visuals, as it continues to circulate on the internet.

Newsweek reached out to McKay and Raymond James Stadium for comment.