The lead singer and guitarist for 'The Prayer' hitmakers has admitted that although the '212' rapper has alienated a lot of her fans by claiming she's desperate to leave her record label and starting arguments with other artists such as Lily Allen, he is still hoping she will turn it around and succeed in the music industry.
Writing for Noisey magazine, he said: ''It seems like nobody is rooting for her. But I am.
''There is still something about this girl that I dig: the early Vogue culture references in her music, the dexterity of her wordplay and, most of all, her attitude.''
Azealia - who won the best single prize at the Urban Music Awards in 2012 for her debut track - promised fans she would leak her first full album 'Broke With Expensive Taste' on April 15, however she has so far yet to do so.
Kele, 32, hopes that when the 22-year-old rapper's album is finally released, it will take the pressure off of her so that she can focus on more new material.
He said: ''Azealia Banks is in her own lane right now, her music still sounds like nothing else.
''So if you are reading this babes: get this record out, make these summer shows the best they can be and then get your head down and start again from scratch.
''Don't lose your heart, you still have it in you.''
'Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing)' arrives in April.
The two awards have made for a great 72nd birthday present for the country music icon.