Grandfather deal for the Godfather

from Rick Ross (Ft. John Legend) – Rich Forever Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

The ‘grandfather (clause)’ deal might refer to some sort of court arrangement that his money allowed him to work out with the judge. Grandfather clause is a legal term used to describe a situation in which an old rule continues to apply to some existing situations, while a new rule will apply to all future situations.

This line is more than likely in reference to the Maybach Music Group record deal Rick Ross signed with Warner Bros. From an era where rap labels were born with of 50/50 splits, distribution only ventures, favorable royalties and alike (ala Roc-a-fella, G-Unit, Cash Money); Ross claims to have some of these stipulations grandfathered in to his Contract. A rare occasion in today’s economy.

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