The thing about side hustles is that their very existence is a function of how much “side” exists for the hustler to “hustle” on. In recent months, I’ve found that “side” reducing exponentially. October and November of last year found me on a plane nearly every week, shuttling between New York City, Los Angeles and Toronto, making moves that have no relation to this website but with direct effect on the frequency and quality of posts.

The end game to all this moving around was a major lifestyle change: A permanent physical relocation from New York City to Los Angeles. For the first time in over eight years, I’m back living on the Westside (*Ice Cube voice*).

So yeah, come find me chillin’ in Little Tokyo, Koreatown or the Arts District. I’ll be the one squinting quizzically from February sun rays, looking generally out of place in winter boots and wondering why I can’t get a decent slice of pizza at two in the morning within a three block radius of, well, anywhere. I’m looking forward to it.

And start checking the site again beginning this Monday for new content. So many thanks to those of you who reached out via Twitter and email to check in and see what the fuck was up. My move is done and time’s up for slacking on the blog. Sorry I kept you.

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Happy New Year, family!

Thanks for checking back in with 206UP. We have some big things planned for 2015, the first of which is a site re-design! So we’re going on hiatus for a few days while we get our ducks in a row. Stay tuned to our Twitter feed for updates and we hope your new year is off to a healthy and happy start.

– Chul


VIDEO: “The Cigar Room / The Weatherman” – Neema (feat. Keyboard Kid)

Mr10K himself and based world auteur Keyboard Kid appear together in the first half of this video to promo their upcoming The Cigar Room collab. Then, everything turns purple for “The Weatherman”, an older joint by the reigning crown prince of Seattle double-time. AK Romero got behind the lens for both of these.



NEW MUSIC: “Dick Chainey” – Thaddeus David (feat. La & Cam The Mac; prod. by Shinez)

Dick Chainey - Thaddeus David feat La & Cam The Mac

Thaddeus David has been making his move into trap since his last proper release, Trapital Trill. “Dick Chainey” keeps that spirit alive with guest shots from La and Cam The Mac. The artist formerly known as Young TH has a new album coming (NoneTheLess, due September 2) and some fresh threads for sale.


VIDEO: “The Three Rules” – Art Vandelay (dir. by Ricky Pharoe)

“The Three Rules” is the opening track on Art Vandelay’s latest record, Eye 8 The Crow, which you can check for here and below. The video is a peek inside the tripped-out headspace of MC Ricky Pharoe and it’s a sight to behold (however: SEIZURE WARNING).

More interesting to me, though, are the rapper’s bars which seek to subvert the definition of what “success” means in the rap game. If a dope rapper spits a hot 16 in the woods, but no one is there to hear it, does he make a sound? Ricky Pharoe teeters on this sharp lyrical edge and production partner Mack Formway’s beat is wound appropriately tight.