Rapper says the song was actually recorded last year.
In the wake of her cousin Nicholas Telemaque's murder, a Nicki Minaj song called "We Miss You" surfaced on the Internet, mistakenly leading fans to believe that it was a tribute to her fallen family member.
Although the prescient single talks about the death of a loved one by murder similar to Telemaque's, Minaj went on Twitter to clarify that the song was recorded over a year ago and was released now without her permission. "Tho the lyrics of 'We Miss You' eerily depict the circumstances surrounding my cousin's death, I wrote & recorded that song on May 24, 2010," she tweeted. "It was sent to Mariah Carey and Keyshia Cole over a year ago for a possible feature. It didn't make Pink Friday due to clearance issues. It's an unauthorized leak."
On "We Miss You" Minaj eerily raps, "Why'd you have to leave by July?/On a peaceful and serene summer night?"
The First Lady of Young Money went on to thank her fans, "Thank u ALL for your kind words and well wishes. Love."
As previously reported, Minaj's 27 year-old cousin was shot and killed early Monday on his way to his car around 2:40 a.m. after leaving the C-Pac nightclub in Brooklyn with friends.
Family members believe that his murder was a case of mistaken identity. "He was shot in the chest as he walked towards his car close to his home. Nicki is absolutely devastated, as are all our family—she was very close to her cousin but now he has gone," his cousin Carol Clarke told RadarOnline. "His friends have told us there wasn't any trouble that night and we believe it could have been a case of mistaken identity, but the police are still investigating the case."
Other than the tweets confirming her cousin's death a few nights ago and the clarification tweets about the song, Minaj has remained relatively quiet on Twitter.
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