#ITSJUSTWORK. You may have seen the hashtags 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 prominent producers, 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 music was his destiny at an early age. Michael became highly
influenced by the music his parents listened to, especially his father, who
would play all kinds of music for Michael 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
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 name and skill and would be the start his something
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 Micheal’s polished skills and one-of-akind
With a wealth of experience and extensive production knowledge, Micheal
knew early on that his natural talents would carry him into a bright future.
A willingness to keep evolving and provide a world-class experience
continues to be the driving force behind Micheal’s mission and vision.
Micheal Warlick has quickly become one of the first producer/engineers
Charlotte, NC artists call on for their next hit record.
Slim Hood decided to create a brand that would allow him to stand out and
represent the quality of his work.


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