Did a Loose-Lipped British DJ Just Accidentally Reveal Banksy’s True Identity?

English musician Goldie may have inadvertently revealed Banksy‘s true identity. Sleuths have tried for years to divine the real name of the anonymous street art legend, but in the end, it may all come down to a slip of the tongue in a podcast interview.

The long-time musician and DJ, in a conversation with spoken-word poet and hip-hop musician Scroobius Pip for his Distraction Pieces podcast, strayed into what appears to be risky territory talking about the street artist. “Give me a bubble letter and put it on a t-shirt and write ‘Banksy’ on it and we’re sorted,” he said, discussing the salability of all things Banksy. “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.”

If Banksy’s first name is Robert, it lends credence to a theory first floated by intrepid journalist Craig Williams in September 2016. Williams asserted that Banksy is actually Robert Del Naja, co-founder of the trip-hop group Massive Attack, with whom Goldie is friendly. To shore up his argument, Williams pointed out that the appearance of Banksy murals and exhibitions has often followed Massive Attack gigs in various cities, from San Francisco to Toronto to Los Angeles. To further his theory, Williams also points out that Del Naja was a street artist in the 1980s and that Del Naja and Banksy (assuming they are not the same person) are friends.

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