Archive for December, 2009

Desired Hearts x Benny Gold “Heart Of Gold” Tee Texas Colourway

Posted in Clothing with tags , , , , , on December 31, 2009 by The Goodie Bag

Desired Hearts linked up with Benny Gold for the third time and created an exclusive colourway for their popular “Heart Of Gold” t-shirts.  The exclusive colourway was made for a release at the recent H-Town Sneaker Summit event.  These were limited to 50 and literally sold like hotcakes!

SOURCE: Desired Hearts


INTERVIEW: Ryan Baylin (The Lay-Up Shop 613)

Posted in Interviews, Retail Stores with tags , , , , , on December 31, 2009 by The Goodie Bag

Please introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about what you do.

I’m Ryan, I am the co-owner and buyer for The Layup 613 and in my spare time I eat chicken wings and watch football, basketball or re-runs of Three’s Company.

What is life like up in Ottawa, as far as music, fashion, and popular culture?

Culture in Ottawa is a bit on the conservative side because this is definitely a government town. However, there is a strong scene that is small but tight-knit. Some dope artists and DJ’s for sure, as well as some chill clubs and some nice retail spots to hit up, so all in all the scene in Ottawa is popping off and we are trying to help with that.
Tell us a little about The Lay-Up 613 and the people involved?

The concept for The Layup 613 was to combine sneaker and graffiti culture as well as bring in some more obscure, up and coming clothing brands that weren’t available in this area. We offer sneaker consignment and when we first opened, we had a supply of vintage OG Nike, Converse, Asics and more from the late 80’s-early 90’s.  We try to support a lot of local brands and artists, being that my background is in the Ottawa hip hop scene. We also just moved from our old location in Chinatown, to the market area at 264 Dalhousie Street, so we are making some good things happen!
What kind of brands does The Lay-Up 613 carry?

We are very particular about the brands we carry, we really like brands that might not be as well known but come with something original that reflects the character of our store. I would rather be the first to break something fresh and new than just hop on whatever is hot and trendy at the time. The clothing brands we carry right now are:


As far as footwear, we have mainly done consignment and deadstock but we are starting to get accounts. First up, SAUCONY ORIGINALS!! (we are the exclusive retailer for SAUCONY O in Ottawa)

We may add some new brands for spring and summer so stay tuned here:

What are some of your favourite brands out right now?
Flying Coffin and Actual Pain were straight up 2 of my favourite brands before we opened the shop, so they were the first brands we approached. The Seventh Letter and Rebel 8 have expanded a lot this year and the direction they are taking with their cut n sew lines is amazing! Keep an eye out for my Ottawa homies, Raised By Wolves, they are doing really good things as well.
What new upcoming events or releases are you currently working on?

We will be involved with some upcoming art events, and hopefully drop a logo shirt and some more goodies some time in the new year.
What would you say are the most difficult aspects or being in your line of work?

Ordering is not always easy, sometimes you think a piece will be a sure shot, order a bunch and then nobody wants it. Also riding that fine line between bringing in something new that you never heard of yet and something popularly sought after.
The fashion and music worlds are often tied together…What music artists out right now are grabbing your attention?

I used to DJ and work in music retail for many years and was always hip to the newest stuff. Now I just listen to older stuff like Kool G Rap… I’m stuck in the past! I do gotta say check for my homies FLIGHT DISTANCE and CROUP because they are part of my crew and dropping some dope new material this year!

The Layup Shop 613
264 Dalhousie St
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
K1N 7E4
Tel: 613-695-6055

Welcome To The World Of Stealth

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , on December 31, 2009 by The Goodie Bag

I’m always looking out how new music and aspiring artists to listen to, so when someone reachs out to me it’s just perfect.  Sometimes I’m not always a fan of the music, but sometimes it really catches my attention.  The next artist I’m going to introduce you to falls into the ladder category.  Stealth is originally from Hinesville, GA but recently moved to Atlanta.  Aside from being a hip-hop arist he is also a producer, which benefits him greatly.

“Jacking For Alchemist” is part of a new project that he’s working on called “The Jack Move” where he does jackin’ for beats from his favourite producers tracks.

I’ll follow-up with some music from Stealth within the next few days, but I wanted to get his name out there to you.  Feel free to check him out on MySpace at or follow him on Twitter at

The Clipse Ft. Rick Ross & B.G. – “I’m Good”

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , on December 31, 2009 by The Goodie Bag

Former Hot Boys member B.G. went in hard on The Clipse single “I’m Good” from their newly-released album, “Til’ The Casket Drops”.  He’s got one of the craziest voices in the game and it’s definitely worth a listen.

DOWNLOAD LINK: The Clipse Ft. Rick Ross & B.G. – “I’m Good”

SOURCE: Tradition Blog

Uglyman – “Whip Game Proper”

Posted in Music, Videos with tags , , , , , on December 31, 2009 by The Goodie Bag

All I’ve got to say is dude put a shirt on!  Not a fan of the song by any means, but this would be Weezy if he gained 500 pounds. 

SOURCE: Tradition Blog

Gilbere Forte’ – “Stakes Is High (Freestyle)”

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , on December 31, 2009 by The Goodie Bag

Gilbere Forte’ is a rapper that just came to my attention, but quickly jumped on my radar as a great up-and-comer.  I’d like to shout-out Hallway from illRoots for always keeping me up-to-date on some of the newest dope music that’s around.

DOWNLOAD LINK: Gilbere Forte’ – “Stakes Is High (Freestyle)”

SOURCE: illRoots

Sean Falyon – “Street Cinema Part 4 / Family Ties”

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , on December 31, 2009 by The Goodie Bag

Earlier today I had the opportunity to speak with Sean Falyon for the first time.  He’s a great dude and is all about helping everyone build, which I really admire.  I’ve been on his music for a while now, but my respect for him has grown a lot after my conversation with him today.  Look for an interview soon!

Sean recently dropped “Street Cinema Part 4 / Family Ties” over the O Jays “BackStabbers” intrumental.  Click the link below to download.

DOWNLOAD LINK: Sean Falyon – “Street Cinema Part 4 / Family Ties”