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Wayne Lee Robertson, better known as Hipe, was born and raised in Ravensmead, Cape Town. His love of music began at the tender age of 12. Hipe’s classic sample-based boom bap style and impeccable sense of composition quickly made him one of Cape Town’s most respected underground hip hop producers.

Hipe was one of the founding members of Cellblock for whom he also produced in early 1995. His first release came in 1997 when he produced a compilation album called, The Detonator, that showcased artists from all over the Cape Flats.

In 2002, Hipe wrote music for a documentary called, Tomorrow’s Heroes, that featured the late Mr. Devious, Godessa and Cellblock. He also produced the music for a TV advert featuring the late Mr. Fat of Brasse Vannie Kaap. More recently, Hipe created the soundtrack for Mario and the Rude Boys, a documentary about a reformed gangster who started a football academy to try to keep at-risk kids off the streets.

In 2000, Hipe formed the group, Ancient Men, for which he was both producer and rapper. Hipe produced their entire debut full-length album which was released in 2005. The Food of Life, which is widely regarded as a South African underground classic, spawned the hit single, Sum Day.

Today Hipe is one of the most prominent and sought-after producers in South Africa. After a period as the in-house producer at Unreleased Records, Hipe signed to Pioneer Unit Records in 2009. He has worked with the cream of South African hip hop including Driemanskap, Rattex, Ben Sharpa, Jaak, Imbube, Zubz, Young Nations, Teargas, Proverb, Nemza and Tumi, as well as a host of international artists such as John Robinson (US) and Mode9 (Nigeria).


Hipe Presents: Flêtse Maniere
Igqabhukil’ Inyongo
Bread and Butter


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Ready D – Not For Tha Faint Hearted Vol.1(CD, Mixed, Comp)
KMD 2004
Strong In Babylon

Proverb – Manuscript (CD, Album)
Gallo Record Company 2006
Nothing On Me
Keep Your Eyes Open

Rattex – Bread And Butter (CD, Album)
Pioneer Unit 2008
My Life
Welcome To Khaltsha
Shona Phantsi
Hurts So

Imbube – Hip Hop Theatre (CD, Album)
Unreleased Records 2008
Yeah Yeah
Senza So
Letha iGlass
Love Your Child

Hipe Presents Jaak – Flêtse Maniere (16xFile, MP3, Album, 320)
Pioneer Unit 2009
– Bendelid
– Begin
– When God Made You
– Afrika(ans)
– Sweet
– Soete 16
– Dit Moet Net Yt
– I Told U B4 Ft. MPVRS
– Stuitig
– Skerts Bruin Ft. Cream
– Club Bieskop (Skit)

Driemanskap – Igqabhukil’ Inyongo (CD, Album)
Pioneer Unit 2009
– Mama
– iZtreets Zam
– Better Tomorrow

Young Nations – United States Of Africa (CD, Album)
Unreleased Records 2010
– I Know (What Girls Like)

Rattex – Streets, Raps & Us (11xFile, MP3, EP, 320)
Pioneer Unit 2010
Kuse Khaltsha La
Ewe Nje
Ngu Rah
My One
Ngu Rah (Hipe Remix)

MALIK-G – Back in Time (International Mixtape)
N.B.L Entertainment 2010

Manqoba – The Winner (8xFile, MP3, EP, 320)
Pioneer Unit 2011
Real Rappers
Shit Hits The Fan
Thanks 2 My Parents

KONFAB – The Lost Tapes (20xFile, MP3, Comp, 320)
Pioneer Unit 2011
What ft Jaak


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