Bloc Party's Kele Okereke writes open letter defending Azealia Banks

Frontman says, 'It seems like nobody is rooting for her. But I am.'

Bloc Party's Kele Okereke writes open letter defending Azealia Banks

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Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke has written in defence of Azealia Banks on the day she she said she would leak her album, 'Broke With Expensive Taste'.

It has been three years since Azealia Banks released her debut single '212' and last month she claimed she would leak the album today (April 15). Writing for Noisey, Okereke has reaches out to the divisive rapper. He said: "Don't lose your heart, you still have it in you."

Okereke expressed how sympathetic he is for Banks, and explained his idea of record labels. He stated: "It’s a pretty simple equation, you take their money, you have to do what they say." He added: "From the artists perspective it must be hard. Each time you think you’ve got it nailed you are told to go back and start again."

Kele described how he "literally gagged" when he first heard '212' and added his belief that "if she has made a good record it is very possible that she can claw back a decent platform to make another record when the pressure is off".

Earlier this year Banks slated her label Universal on Twitter, begging another label to get her out of the contract and expressing regret and not having signed with Sony. The New York rapper sent an initial tweet declaring: "I REALLY should have signed with Sony." She quickly followed this up by asking: "Can someone at Sony buy me off of Universal please?? i'm really in hell here."

At the time of writing Banks has not yet leaked her album.

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