For years we have wondered who Banksy is. We've watched countless documentaries, followed his work, followed his tours, and then finally a 31-year-old British journalism graduate student named Craig Williams delivered us the grand theory: Massive Attack's Robert "3D" Del Naja is Banksy.
According to a Daily Mail article, these are some of the reasons why:
On at least six occasions more than a dozen Banksy murals appeared shortly before or after a Massive Attack gig in the same city,
3D was a graffiti artist in the 1980s and has admitted he is friends with Banksy,
- When Banksy produced 14 stencils across New Orleans on the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Del Naja co-wrote the soundtrack to the New Orleans-themed documentary,
Del Naja also appeared in Banksy's Exit Through The Gift Shop,
- And Banksy even provides the foreword to the book 3D and the Art of Massive Attack.
And now... Banksy's newest project, The Walled Off Hotel, in the West Bank in Bethlehem, will be featuring a performance by Massive Attack. Although he's not the only artist playing, this is yet another performance that adds to the mountain of evidence. We're not saying that it's fact, but c'mon lets just call a spade a spade.
But hey, we're not complaining over here, the opening of the hotel has brought us some awesome innovation from the guerilla artist. Elton John played the opening party on the art hotel's automated piano; Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, Hans Zimmer, and Flea will be performing on it too.
According to Consequence of Sound, the opening coincides with the centenary year since the British took control of Palestine. The hotel windows overlook the wall separating the Palestinian territory from Israel, giving the hotel the accolade of having the worst view in the world.
Now, all of this may have the world screaming Banksy's name, but we hear those soft undertones whispering Del Naja's name.