Goldie

Goldie

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Goldie at a rave in 2003
Born
Clifford Joseph Price

(1965-09-19) 19 September 1965 (age 54)
Walsall, England
Other names
  • Goldie
  • Rufige Kru
  • Metalheadz
Occupation
  • Musician
  • music producer
  • DJ
  • visual artist
  • actor
Years active1991–present
Spouse(s)
Sonjia Ashby (m. 2002⁠–⁠2005)
(divorced)
Mika Wassenaar (m. 2010)
Musical career
Genres
Labels

Clifford Joseph Price MBE (born 19 September 1965 in Walsall, England)[1], better known as Goldie, is a British musician, music producer, DJ, visual artist and actor.

Initially gaining exposure for his work as a graffiti artist, Goldie became well known for his pioneering role as a musician in the 1990s UK jungle, drum and bass and breakbeat hardcore scenes. He released a variety of singles under the pseudonym Rufige Kru and co-founded the label Metalheadz. He would later release several albums under his own name, including the 1995 album Timeless, which entered the UK charts at number 7.

Goldie's acting credits include the 1999 James Bond film The World Is Not Enough, Guy Ritchie's Snatch (2000) and the BBC soap opera EastEnders (2001-2002). He has also appeared in a number of celebrity reality television shows, including Celebrity Big Brother 2 (UK), Strictly Come Dancing, Come Dine with Me and Maestro.

Early life

Price is of Jamaican and Scottish heritage.[1][2] He was put up for adoption and raised in childcare homes and by several foster parents.[2] According to his 2002 autobiography, he was physically and sexually abused during this time.[3] Price was a member of the breakdance crew Westside, based in the Whitmore Reans and Heath Town areas of Wolverhampton, in the 1980s. He later joined a breakdance crew called the Birmingham Bboys, and made his name as a graffiti artist in the West Midlands.

His artwork around Birmingham and Wolverhampton was featured heavily in Dick Fontaine's documentary Bombin'. He took part in the largest-ever British graffiti art battle alongside Bristol artist Robert "3D" Del Naja, who later formed Massive Attack. He is mentioned for his graffiti in the book Spraycan Art by Henry Chalfant and James Prigoff, which contains several examples of his art.

He moved to the United States owing to graffiti projects, and also started selling grills (gold teeth jewellery) in New York and Miami; he continued this business after his return to the UK in 1988.[2] His nickname stems from "Goldielocks", an earlier nickname given to him during his Bboys days and subsequently shortened when he no longer wore dreadlocks.[2]

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