In new york most of the prisons are in the northern part of the state so when someone says up north they are usually talking about prison. the turm did not come from hip hop it was in exsitance long before hip hop. up north can also mean upstate new york anywhere above westchester county
2. Any area in Michigan that cannot be described as being Detroit
Person2: Grand Rapids
Person1: Is that like Detroit?
Person1: What is it, then?
Person2: Up North.
The culture up north is north woods culture or up north culture, or at least thats what its called. Basically, its hicks. Up North is, all things considered, a complete cultural backwater. Door County is different, sitting on Wisconsin's Door Peninsula the place is super touristy and crammed with yuppies who think they're roughing it because they have a rustic cottage.
Wisconsin Dell's is a little town thats basically a series of waterparks, along with hotels that also have lots of waterpark type ammenities and tons of tourist trap type spots. the Dells is never really referred to as Up North, but simply The Dells. Mostly nauseating, trips to the dells are usually only worth it if its a day trip to Noah's Ark, which is a pretty decent waterpark. Suburban Yuppies and rural hicks are convinced that the dells are the shit.
Up North is dotted with dairy farms cause the soil is shitty except for growing ginseng (no lie) and the weather doesnt suck for dairy cows. Folks from Up North usually call it "up nort'"
The jail doesn't have to actually be up north, it's just a saying.
"I'm gonna take these drugs up north and smuggle them into Canada. But first I gotta stop at Dunkin' Donuts, I'm mad jonesing for one of those."
"Damn right you gonna be heading up north cracka. Dunkin' Donuts is a pig sty. Them po-pos gonna arrest yo white ass."
The air is breathable up North with no smog drifting up from the South.
"That's cool, therefore you are cool."