Nicki Minaj: 'We Miss You' Demo Not About Slain Cousin

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After a demo of a Nicki Minaj track called "We Miss You" leaked online, the rapper took to Twitter clarify that the touching lyrics of the song are not a reference to her cousin, Nicholas Telemaque, who was killed in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Sunday.

"[Though] the lyrics of 'We Miss You' eerily depict the circumstances surrounding my cousin's death, I wrote & recorded that song on 5/24/2010," Minaj posted on Thursday afternoon (July 7). "It was sent to Mariah Carey & Keyshia Cole over a year ago for a possible feature. It didn't make 'Pink Friday' due to clearance issues."

Musically, "We Miss You" strikes the same chord as Minaj's more emotional far like "Right Thru Me" and "Moment 4 Life," although the lyrics seem to reference a lost romantic interest instead of a family member. "You said that you would leave these streets/And I know you didn't mean in a body bag/But now you say you're not bulletproof/And I'm mad, 'cause you're the best that I ever had," she raps.

Minaj, who is currently opening for Britney Spears on her Femme Fatale arena tour, confirmed on Monday that Telemaque, 27, was "murdered" near his home on Sunday night. After discussing the leak of "We Miss You," Minaj expressed her appreciation for her fans' support over the recent tragedy: "Thank u ALL for your kind words and well wishes. Love," she tweeted.

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