*Nicki Minaj is denying rumors that she released a new song paying tribute to her late cousin, insisting the leaked track was recorded “over a year ago.”

As previously reported, Nicholas Telemaque was shot and killed early Monday (July 4) after leaving a club in his native Brooklyn, New York.

An emotional track – titled “We Miss You,” about the death of a loved one – popped up today on the internet, prompting reports she was honoring Telemaque in the tune. Lyrics include: “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.” [Scroll down to listen.]

Taking to Twitter today, Minja writes, “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. Its  an unauthorized leak.”

Minaj goes on to thank fans for their continued support as she mourns her cousin’s death, adding, “Thank u 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.