Mother of Up-and-Coming Rapper from North Carolina Sues Sony Music After 17-Year-Old Son’s Overdose

The mother of teen rapper Tobias “SauxePaxk TB” Johnson is suing Sony Media claiming he died of a drug overdose at age 17 on the label’s watch. / Facebook/SauxePaxk TB

The mother of an up-and-coming rapper from North Carolina has filed a wrongful death suit against Sony Music claiming the company allowed her son to die of a drug overdose just four days after his 17th birthday, new court papers show.

Tobias Johnson – who went by the stage name “SauxePaxk TB” – was found unresponsive in a Houston, Texas hotel suite on Nov. 6, 2020, by his manager, who was sharing the room with him, according to the Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit.

Mom Kenyetta Hardy, who is suing Sony Music Entertainment – and other labels Records Label, LLC and No Stress Entertainment LLC – claims she had voiced concerns about her son’s wellbeing after seeing photos of him on social media using drugs and appearing high, her filing from Friday states.

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Hardy even suggested that her son — who went viral earlier this year on TikTok with his song “Ballin” — “take a break and spend some time at home” – and asked the label if he “needed any help,” the court papers allege.

But Hardy was assured by No Stress Entertainment that it would keep him safe and away from drugs, the suit claims.

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SOURCE: New York Post, Priscilla DeGregory

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