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.
“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.”
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.
Banksy has cited his work as an influence, and he is credited as a pioneer of the stencil graffiti movement.
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 w Massive Attack had recently – or were set to – perform.
In 2010, six Banksy murals were said to have appeared in San Francisco on 1 May, w Massive Attack had played two shows a few weeks previous.