Someone is in trouble.
The real identity of the world-famous anonymous artist Banksy has for many years been the subject of speculation. However, one theory that the graffiti genius is actually Massive Attack leader Robert Del Naja has gotten new credence after fellow musician Goldie appeared to let slip his name.
The drum & bass DJ was speaking on Scroobius Pip’s weekly Distraction Pieces podcast, and was talking about how the art world had co-opted graffiti for gain while the art form itself was still saddled with negative perceptions.
“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,” Goldie ranted. “No disrespect to Robert, I think he is a brilliant artist. I think he has flipped the world of art over.”
This isn’t the first time Del Naja’s name has been tied to Banksy; in 2016, a researcher linked Massive Attack’s tour dates with Banksy’s graffiti art popping up at the same time and in the same place, and suggested Del Naja was behind it all.
So unless this is all part of a master plan on behalf of the real Banksy, it looks like Goldie may have just let the cat out of the bag. Maybe it’s time Banksy just revealed himself to the world…