All About Slim Hood




You may have seen the #itsjuswork hashtag floating around social media, there to indicate that no matter how hard it may get, or how high you achieve, it’s all a part of the grind. This exemplifies Slim Hood, one of Charlotte, NC’s most sought after producer/engineer, and his brand, Platinum Plus Recording, who have set out to make their hometown, the next hotbed for hip-hop and R&B artists.


Born March 16, 1987, in Charlotte, NC, Michael Warlick, p/k/a “Slim Hood,” knew at an early age that music was his destiny. Michael quickly became influenced by the music played by his parents, especially his father, who would play all kinds of music for him and his brother, on their many road trips. This gave Michael time to digest music on a deeper level, and was the motivation behind his pursuit to learn more about the art.

In an attempt to get a feel for what it was like to actually make music, Michael joined his school’s band and began playing the trombone. This gave him a sound structure and helped build his understanding of music theory and instrumentation.

During a family trip to Myrtle Beach, SC, Slim’s cousin Jason played a song for him that Jason and his friend recorded, which really intrigued Slim. After inquiring about who made the beat, Jason told Slim it was his friend that made it using a program called FL STUDIO. After returning from the trip, Slim purchased some equipment and set up his studio in his mother’s living room, using his bed room closest as a vocal booth. He later teamed up with some peers from high school and began producing for them. Realizing they had real skills, they formed a group and dropped their first mixtape called “Renegade” which saw Slim record and mix the whole project himself. This quickly grew Slim’s reputation and skill and would be the start of something much bigger.


After hearing Slim’s production, another local producer by the name of Nick Grant, asked Slim to show him some production tricks. Slim and Nick quickly joined forces and collaborated with two artists, Dirty Face Devin and Jermaine the Juice. Nick and Slim would go on to produce the artist’s first mixtape entitled, “Eastside’s Crunkest.” The mixtape was heard playing in every car after school. Unfortunately, Dirty Face Devin passed away while at baseball practice due to a heart condition. After the sudden death, the group tried to continue but without Dirty Face, things were not the same. Eventually the group would split, although Slim continued to produce music for other local artists and decided to take his production from his mom’s house and go public with it. From that decision came Platinum Plus Recording Studio, which is rooted in Michael’s polished skills and one-of-a-kind ear.