Goldie has managed to fuel long-running rumours that Massive Attack member Robert Del Naja, also known as 3D, may be the man behind the mysterious street artist.
Speaking on Scroobius Pip’s Distraction Pieces podcast, the DJ appeared to accidentally reveal Banksy’s true identity.
“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.”
Goldie then paused before quickly changing the subject, as though realising his mistake.
Identity of Banksy ‘accidentally revealed’ by Goldie
Fans were quick to notice the incident, however, and are claiming that this could confirm Banksy is Del Naja – a friend of Goldie’s and an artist he collaborated with during the late 80s.
Here’s what you need to know about Del Naja:
Who is he?
Del Naja is a 52-year-old artist, activist and singer-songwriter who was born in Bristol, and is best known as the founding, lead member of Massive Attack.
Del Naja on stage with Massive Attack (Rex)
He was a graffiti artist before he became a band frontman, and his work has been featured on all of Massive Attack’s record sleeves. Banksy has cited his work as an influence, and he is credited as a pioneer of the stencil graffiti movement.
When did the Banksy rumours start?
Speculation began in 2013 when De Naja exhibited his second solo show, which spanned 20 years of his work.
Inside Banksy’s Dismaland
Then in 2016, journalist Craig Williams carried out a five-month investigation which led him to conclude that Del Naja was the ringleader behind a collective of artists operating under the Banksy moniker.
He noted how Banksy’s work tended to crop up in locations where Massive Attack had recently – or were set to – perform.
For instance in April 2003 his work reportedly appeared in Melbourne where the band had played a month before. In 2010,…