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The true identity of Banksy has been one of the great mysteries of the 21st century. Veteran British DJ/rapper Goldie “allegedly” unmasked the anonymous street artist and hotel owner’s real name during an interview on the Distraction Pieces podcast, when the graffiti artist turned musician went on a rant about the current commercialization of art.
“Give me a bubble letter and put it on a T-shirt and write ‘Banksy’ on it and we’re sorted,” said Goldie. “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.”
Goldie’s slip has some merit considering that journalist Craig Williams, who has investigated Banksy’s true identity, came up with a similar conclusion, after noticing that a lot of the street art legend’s iconic pieces seemed to pop up in the same vicinity as Massive Attack gigs.