26 June, 2017
Scroobius changed the topic shortly thereafter and never followed it up but considering the relationship between Goldie and Del Naja, it would appear likely that he and Banksy are one in the same.
Robert Del Naja had been linked with Banksy by investigative journalist Craig Williams, who claimed the street artist was actually a group of people working under the name.
Del Naja - who goes by the moniker 3D - and Goldie were two of the leading figures in Bristol's graffiti movement in the 1980s, which took inspiration from the burgeoning hip-hop scene in NY.
Musician DJ Goldie was being interviewed for a podcast when he referred to the elusive artist Banksy as "Robert". "I think he has flipped the world of art over".
It all kicked off on Tuesday when Goldie's told listeners: '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" then saying "No disrespect to Robert, I think he is a brilliant artist.
Massive Attack, led by Del Naja with Daddy G, helped create Bristol's trip-hop sound which brought dark electronic layers to hip-hop.
Goldie's passing reference to a "Robert" made waves across the internet this week, with many Banksy-hunters pointing to Robert "3D" Del Naja, singer in the United Kingdom trip-hop group Massive Attack. Del Naja has also reputed the connection telling a crowd "We are all Banksy". In reverse, Del Naja featured in Banksy' 2010 mockumentary entitled "Exit through the Gift Shop", and his recently opened Walled Off Hotel in Bethlehem features a soundtrack by Massive Attack.
For over twenty years, the artwork of graffiti artist Banksy has been praised for its intelligent and controversial commentaries on political and social issues. He also claimed that any correlation between gigs and artwork was "purely a matter of logistics and coincidence, nothing more than that".
Goldie and Del Naja were friends and competitors as graffiti artists in the late 1980s.
However rumours weren't confined to Del Naja.
Others have claimed the artist was a Bristol resident called Robin Bank, the Telegraph reported.