Goldie, the head of the Metalheadz record label that brought much joy to the world in the mid-nineties and beyond with his breaks and beats, (160 bpm and such), with a whole generation caught up in the genius of his pioneering style of music, has seemingly let it slip in a gaffe about the real identity of elusive street artist Banksy. Whoops!
Yes, Goldie was being interviewed for a podcast, when he referred to Banksy by the name “Robert”, so after years of people suspecting Massive Attack member Robert Del Naja aka 3D, as being the real Banksy, so has the mystery of who Banksy really is, finally been laid to rest?
At Brainstain, we are massive fans of both Goldie and Massive Attack, respectfully, but now one wonders what Robert Del Naja might be thinking today of Goldie, right? Or could this have been a planned reveal, as in a clever marketing ploy? Surely, being Banksy and him being the amazing Brian Del Naja, will not compromise Banksy’s art in any way, whatsoever. It may even make Banksy’s pieces even more desirable.
Robert Del Naja from Bristol and Goldie from Walsall, were both DJ’s and graffiti artists in the late 1980s and naturally progressed into pioneering artists in the U.K. music scene.
In an interview with Scroobius Pip for his Distraction Podcast, which aired on Tuesday, Goldie 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’s a brilliant artist. I think he has flipped the world of art over”.
So, was that a compliment and or a freudian slip by Goldie or just a momentary lapse of concentration? Surely, this was a momentous moment for Scroobius Pip and his podcast, who simply replied, “Yeah, completely”, as this is almost likened to the mystery of who was the third gunman on the grassy knoll, in the assassination of JFK in 1963. Well, almost, right?
A listener to the podcast caught onto the slip of the word Robert and wrote, “They were talking about Banksy and then he referred to him as ‘Robert’ and I put two and two together. I’m just a random listener but I’ve heard the rumours – it made my ears prick up.”
What might have made him put two and two together? Well, in 2016, journalist Craig Williams carried out a five month investigation into whether Del Naja was in fact Banksy, and his conclusion was that Robert Del Naja was in fact, Banksy, but not the only artist, but that he was the ringleader of a group of artists’ making Banksy art across secret locations.
Craig Williams said that in and around every Massive Attack show in the United Kingdom and around the world, shortly before and after, Banksy art would suddenly pop up in those same cities.
Last year, Del Naja responded to the rumours and said, “It would be a good story but sadly not true. Wishful thinking I think. He is a mate as well, he’s been to some of the gigs. It’s purely a matter of logistics and coincidence, nothing more than that.”
So, there you have it! Banksy is almost 110% the work of Robert Del Naja, so let’s celebrate with a great tune, shall we? From the musical mastermind that is Robert Del Naja and Massive Attack with Tricky.
Is Goldie now going to be in state of ‘Karma Coma‘, or will this just be taken “easy-breezy”, since Robert might just be able to marvel in being known as the street artist, that everyone has been ranting and raving about since the mid to late 1990’s.
Let’s have a round of applause for the genius of Brian Del Naja (3D) aka Banksy Art everyone.
Brainstain, over and out!
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