Banksy’s identity has been an unanswerable debate for what feels like forever but has he finally been exposed by mistake?
Speaking on Scroobius Pip’s weekly Distraction Pieces podcast, drum and bass star Goldie was having quite the rant about art and the way it is monetized.
Goldie particularly went in on Banksy with regards to the way his artwork is mass produced and sold for profit all over the globe, reports the Daily Mail.
On the podcast he said:
Give me a bubble letter and put it on a T-shirt and write “Banksy” on it and we’re sorted. We can sell it now.
No disrespect to Robert, I think he is a brilliant artist. I think he has flipped the world of art over.
Wait, what was that? Robert? Who the fuck is Robert?
Well – now people believe Goldie has put the final piece in the puzzle, confirming speculation that has been rife for years. Banksy is Robert Del Naja, the British artist, musician, and founding member of Massive Attack.
Del Naja has known Goldie for years – in fact they both spent the 80’s as graffiti artists across the UK.
Hell, even Banksy himself (whoever he is) stated that Del Naja’s music is a source of inspiration for his artwork (of course it’s an inspiration, you created it!).
For years it has been rumoured that Del Naja was the infamous and anonymous street artist – with one researcher stating that Banksy is more than one person but Del Naja is the head of the organisation.
Said researcher took into account the dates Banksy paintings popped up and the dates Del Naja was definitely out of the area with Massive Attack etc.
When Goldie realised he had just referred to Banksy as Robert he rather quickly changed the conversation to one of jazz music.
Perhaps it was just a slip of the tongue, or perhaps he just unearthed one of the world’s most damning secrets.
Joseph Loftus is a Gold Standard NCTJ journalist with four years experience working for international and regional press.
As well as working for UNILAD and LADbible, Joseph has worked as Liverpool Correspondent for Unsigned & Independent Magazine, as well as stints with the Liverpool Echo and Warrington Guardian.