This DJ Might’ve Just Outed Banksy’s True Identity By Name-Dropping Him During An Interview
The street artist known as Banksy has somehow managed to keep his true identity secret from the public for his entire career. This is a monumental feat in the age of HD cellphone cameras and social media where anything and everything is recorded and put online. At least once a year I see a headline along the lines of ‘Banksy’s true identity revealed’, and for some reason, I click every time even though I don’t really give much of a shit about street art. Well, I’m glad I clicked this time because it appears as if Banksy true identity might’ve been outed after British DJ Goldie name dropped him in an interview.
Last year, there were rumors swirling that Banksy was actually Robert ‘3D’ Del Naja, a founding member of the trip-hop band Massive Attack. There’s never a whole lot of evidence to back up a rumor like this because it’s all hearsay. Only, this time around a fellow prominent DJ from the UK slipped up in an interview and name dropped him directly at Banksy:
Speaking on Scroobius Pip’s weekly Distraction Pieces podcast, Goldie went on a rant about art and how it’s mass produced for profit, directly mentioning Banksy, but suddenly switching to a different name.
“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,” he said. “No disrespect to Robert, I think he is a brilliant artist. I think he has flipped the world of art over.”
Craig Williams, a 31-year-old investigative journalist, put forward the theory that Robert is the real Banksy after noticing that a lot of art is coincidentally appearing close to Massive Attack gigs. He’s been questioning whether or not the trip-hop guru is also behind the infamous street art, or at least fronting a team responsible for it.
Robert was reportedly a graffiti artist back in the 1980s and has previously claimed to be a friend of Banksy. Williams found that at least more than 12 murals appeared either before or after Massive Attack gigs in the cities they were in, over the past 12 years. (via LadBible)
Can we say with 100% certainty that Robert Del Naja, former street artist, and UK musician, is secretly the artist Banksy? No. We cannot. Is there plenty of evidence to suggest that Robert is Banksy, the most famous street artist in the world? Yes, there is.
In October of last year, the world of street art was blowing up with chatter that Banksy had actually been caught on film. You can check out that footage HERE and see for yourself. Scientists at the Queen Mary University of London also previously claimed to have figured out who Banksy is and it’s not Robert. You can see their results here.