Rap sensation Nicki Minaj has dismissed rumors she has paid tribute to her murdered cousin in a new song, insisting the leaked track was recorded "over a year ago."
The Moment 4 Life hit-maker's relative Nicholas Telemaque was shot dead in the early hours of Monday after leaving a club in his native Brooklyn, New York.
Minaj took to Twitter.com to share her grief with fans following the news of the 27 year old's death, calling him "my precious cousin," "my baby".
An emotional track entitled We Miss You, about the death of a loved one, surfaced on the internet on Thursday, prompting reports she had laid bare her feelings about late Telemaque in the tune, which features the lyrics, "You said that you would leave these streets, and I know you didn't mean in a body bag/But now we see you were not bulletproof, and I'm mad 'cause you were the best that I ever had."
However, the star has denied the song is about her cousin, insisting it is an old track that didn't make the final cut for her 2010 debut album Pink Friday.
Returning to Twitter on Thursday after two days of silence, she writes, "Tho (sic) the lyrics of We Miss You eerily depict the circumstances surrounding my cousin's death, I wrote & recorded that song on 5/24/2010. 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. Its (sic) an unauthorized leak."
Minaj goes on to thank fans for their continued support as she mourns her cousin's death, adding, "Thank u (sic) ALL for your kind words and well wishes. Love."
New York police have launched an investigation into Telemaque's death but have yet to make any arrests.