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This week we head to the West Coast to chat with A$ton Matthews, one third of the Cutthroat crew along with OTCU Alumni Joey Fatts and Vince Staples. Just 24-years-old, Matthews has already been through a lot in his life, barely living to tell the tale. Luckily his tale comes in the form of some of the illest new hip-hop out, a fusion of old school California street rap and New York storytelling, with a dash of his own flavor. We had the chance to talk to the Lakewood, CA emcee about music, street life, and how bad he wants to smoke with B-Real.