It has been said in the music industry that “it’s not what you know, but who you know, that makes one successful.” Taylor “Cas Metah” Hogle may argue that who you know, has a great impact on what you know. A quick listen to the Ohio native’s music reveals his understanding that life is about relationships. A glance at his discography reveals just how well he understands it, and how well he puts it into practice. Cas Metah is a friend to all true hip-hop heads, and he thinks it’s about time you get acquainted.
Taylor Hogle fell in love with hip-hop as a teenager. Never one to shy away from commitment, Cas wrote raps for two years before ever touching a microphone! In 1997 he began recording homemade mixtapes and gaining a rep locally. In 2002 Cas pressed up Key Tah Life, his first album of all original material. A chance meeting with former SolSeeker/TunnelRat, JustMe in ‘03, led to a great friendship and the formation of Scribbling Idiots.
Once Scribbling Idiots got together, Cas Metah kicked it into high gear. In 2004 the crew released Scribbling Idiots Present JustMe & Cas Metah. In ‘05 CAS dropped his second solo effort Dimension Tide, and contributed to Episode 1: The Unification, a compilation album by Trans-Atlantic crew G-Force Alliance. He also left his mark on SI’s now classic mixtape Idiomatic Volume One. All the while Cas and the crew performed throughout the United States. Landing gigs with Joell Ortiz, Twista, Bizzy Bone, Cassidy, CunninLynguists, Planet Asia, The Pharcyde, Styles Of Beyond, One.Be.Lo, Witchdoctor, Tonedeff, Pigeon John, Blueprint, Illogic, Playdough, Red Cloud, L.A. Symphony and others, Cas continues to create a large buzz in hip-hop circles.
Due in large part to Cas’ tireless work in the studio, Scribbling Idiots landed a deal with Illect Recordings. In 2006 the crew teamed up with hip-hop legend Masta Ace to release their first 12” single, “Told You So” b/w “Through The Clouds”. In 2007 his solo single “Back” and another SI song “Fine Line” were released via Syntax/Koch Entertainment. It was also in 2007 Mr. Metah released his third solo album. An emo-hop masterpiece full of soul-baring confessionals, Providence Road has gained critical praise and helped to strengthen Cas’ hardcore following. A following that would grow even larger with the 2008 release of The Have Nots by Scribbling Idiots. A special version of The Have Nots was re-released in Japan, and the crew’s popularity continues to grow worldwide.
Perhaps more impressive than any of the credits listed above, is the countless guest appearances, cameos, and side-projects Cas has piled up throughout the past decade. Prolific doesn’t begin to explain this young man’s writing ability. Nor does it explain his magnetic personality and networking skills, but they all shine through on Cas’ mainstream effort Guest Room (Illect Recordings, 2009). Boasting over forty guests, Guest Room is a compilation of duets and posse-cuts that Cas orchestrated over the course of a few years. The album’s all-star line-up reads like a who’s-who of emcee’s and producers. Any and every fan of good hip-hop should buy this album, and then they should thank Cas Metah for making it.
The first mainstream single/video “This Can’t Be True” featuring T-Mo of Goodie Mob and Dungeon Family emcee Jawz Of Life still gets press coverage to this day on tons of media outlets. It was even featured on MTVu “The Freshmen”, receiving ten’s of thousands of votes!
From the winter of 2009 to the winter of 2011, Cas and his SI team released a new EP every month for 2 years exlclusively through a unique subscription service for die-hard fans, further proving their hustle as the hardest in the industry. Illect Recordings again stepped up in 2012 to release the Darke Bros. album with Cas Metah and Wonder Brown. The lead single/video “Drowning Man” is produced by J. Rawls and features Copywrite and Elias. The song has been a huge hit with many mainstream blog sites. Some fans even called it their favorite song of the year!
The past few years a few side projects with fellow Ohio artists have kept Cas busy. His Scribbling Idiot crew even teamed up with Illect and DJ Aslan to release a new mixtape “Invitation Only”. It won Best Slept On Album of 2014 on WadeORadio.com. Similar to “Guest Room” the project boasts some amazing features from people like KJ-52, Tunnel Rats, Deepspace5, k-Drama, Ozay Moore, Majestik Legend, and more!
Cas Metah’s most recent single is “A Stone’s Throw” Feat. Shabazz The Disciple and Hell Razah. He is currently in the studio finishing a new solo and SI crew album, slated to release in 2015. Look for Cas on tour this year, both state wide and in Australia!