Nicki Minaj's brother, Jelani Maraj, has been charged with first degree rape.
Maraj allegedly raped a 12-year-old ... this according to Newsday.
Nicki is close to her older brother, and even paid $30k to help foot the bill for his wedding back in August.
It appears authorities claim the rape happened on Long Island, NY. That's where Maraj was arrested and later released on $100,000 bail.