Up north

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up north

  1. Being up north means being in prison. The prison in question is Clinton Correctional Facility. It is about 250 miles north of NYC. 2Pac was imprisoned here, and gives a shout-out on "Picture Me Rollin".
  2. The north. "A Tribe Called Quest, we representing up north" -- A Tribe Called Quest (Motivators [1996])

In Minneapolis, amongst Native American people, "up north" refers to the Ojibway Reservations in northern Minnesota, ie. Leech Lake, Red Lake, Mille Lacs, White Earth, etc.