An unreleased Nicki Minaj track called “We Miss You” surfaced last night thanks to Funkmaster Flex, and with its memorial lyrics like “Why’d you have to leave in July on a peaceful and serene summer night?” and “You said that you would leave these streets, and I know you did not mean in a bodybag,” many marveled at what sounded like references to the murder of her older cousin Nicholas Telemaque on Sunday night in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, on a song that probably could not have been recorded and released in such a short period while Minaj was on tour with Britney Spears.
Minaj cleared up the confusion earlier today on Twitter. “Tho 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. It’s an unauthorized leak. Thank u ALL for your kind words and well wishes.”
If there is an actual subject of the song, it’s likely the man mentioned in Nicki’s verse over French Montana‘s “New York Minute” on the Young Money Menage mixtape. In one of the rare mentions of New York as her hometown, she eulogizes, in order, rapper Stack Bundles, “my man, down before he even got a cap and a damn gown,” and Sean Bell.