Death Row’s Bass Beat T Money Green
Edward Tony Green, a.k.a. T. Money Green, is a bass player best known for his work with Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, George Clinton, Warren G, and The Dramatics. His playing can be heard on almost every song that was released by Death Row Records during the early to mid-1990s.
After 20 years as bass player and band director for The Dramatics, Green landed the job of bass player and band director for Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. He is also well-known for his writing, recording, producing, mixing, and mastering skills. He also produced one of the singles on the soundtrack for the 1994 film Above the Rim, which won Soundtrack of the Year at the 1995 Source Awards. T. Money continues to work with Warren G, Nate Dogg, and other hip-hop artists.
Edward Tony Green was born September 22, 1956 in Mt. Clements, Michigan at Selfridge Air Force Base. He attended Pasture Elementary School, Hampton Jr. High School, and Mumford High School. He is the son of Rene Shaw and Roy Edward Green. Green’s father was a decorated soldier in the US Air Force who served during the Vietnam War from start to finish. Roy passed at the age of 41. T Money’s stepfather is William Austin, a bassist best known for his work with Ester Philips, Glory Lynn, Sonny Stit, Spanky Wilson, and many others on the jazz scene.
T. Money started playing the bass when he was 14 years old. His skills have made him one of the most sought-after and respected bass guitarists in the industry. He is right handed, but plays bass upside down. Forming his first real band in 1971, the original ‘Roadwork’ band, T. Money quickly moved on to work with The Dramatics (1974–1992). His involvement with the group ranged from sideman to co-writing and arranging songs and touring the world. His first gold album was with The Dramatics in 1977.
After the Dramatics, T. Money went on to produce David Ruffin Jr., son of the late David Ruffin, and traveled the world as a bass player and producer for Death Row Records (1992–1995). He assisted in the creation of the ‘Gangsta Rap’ sound that can be heard in hit tracks like Gin & Juice, Doggy Dogg World, California Love, and You Can’t See Me. T Money has been involved in over 100 hit songs to date.
T. Money currently works with his new ‘Roadwork‘ band while continuing to mentor and work closely with some of Detroit’s finest musicians and performers including, Shadow, Misfit, Maverick, David Ruffin Jr., David Shelton, Skenz, Miss Lulu, and Andy Miles.