Malay (record producer)

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Genres R&B, soul, electro, alternative hip hop, hip hop soul, PBR&B, neo soul, EDM, pop
Occupation(s) Record Producer, Songwriter, Engineer
Instruments Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, Drum Programming, Percussion, Banjo
Years active 1998–present
Labels Bhamboo LLC
Associated acts Frank Ocean, Linus Young,[1] John Legend, Alicia Keys, Andre 3000, Big Boi, Yelawolf, Zayn Malik

James Ryan Ho, better known by his artistic name Malay, is an American musician, producer, songwriter, and engineer.[2] He is a Grammy Award winning producer.[3]

Early life and career[edit]

James Ho was born to an Asian father and Caucasian mother.[4]

Malay has produced for a number of artists. He was producer for John Legend in the album Evolver (2008) and Frank Ocean in channel ORANGE (2012); the latter won a number of accolades, including the Grammy Award for Best Urban Contemporary Album, as well as 2013 Grammy nominations for Album of the Year, Best New Artist, and Record of the Year for "Thinkin Bout You".[5] He has also produced for Zayn Malik's debut album Mind of Mine, as well as Stacy Barthe, Fantasia, Linus Young, and Yelawolf.


Album Song(s) Artist Year Credits
The Get Down (Original Soundtrack from the Netflix Original Series)
  • "Shaolin's Theme / Pray"
6LACK 2016 Writer, Performer, Producer
The Heart Speaks in Whispers
  • "In the Dark"
Corinne Bailey Rae 2016 Writer
Mind of Mine
  • "iT's YoU"
  • "BeFour"
  • "Intermission: Flower"
  • "Rear View"
  • "Borderz"
  • "BLUE"
  • "BRIGHT"
  • "Do Something Good"
Zayn Malik 2016 Producer, Writer
Know-It-All Alessia Cara 2015 Producer, Writer
  • "My Suicide Note"
  • "Sleep to Dream"
  • "Eyes Wide Shut"
  • "Here I Am"
  • "Hey You There"
  • "Walk On Water"
  • "Born to Belong"
  • "War IV Love"
  • "Hey You There"
Stacy Barthe 2015 Executive Producer, Producer, Writer, Engineer, Instrumentation
Thirty One Jarryd James 2015 Producer
Unbreakable Smile
  • "Talk"
Tori Kelly 2015 Producer, Writer, Engineer, Instrumentation
  • "Perfect World"
Allen Stone 2015 Producer, Writer, Engineer, Instrumentation
Love Story
  • "Change"
  • "American You"
  • "Empty Bottles"
  • "Have a Great Flight"
  • "Disappear"
Yelawolf 2015 Producer, Writer, Engineer, Instrumentation
Category 5
  • "Home"
  • "Crystal Ball"
  • "Valentine"
  • "City of Sin"
  • "Cool Trip"
  • "Miracle"
  • "Falling Apart"
  • "Give it Away"
  • "Sister"
  • "Where O Where"
  • "Feet Don't Fly"
  • "Leaving on a Train"
  • "Fun in the Sun"
Linus Young 2014 Executive Producer, Producer, Writer, Engineer, Instrumentation
Nikki Nack[6] Tune-Yards 2014 Producer
All I Wanna Do
  • "Riverside Girl"
T. Mills 2014 Producer
City of Sin (Single)[7]
  • "City of Sin"
Linus Young 2014 Producer, Writer, Instrumentation
Dirty Gold
  • "Angel & Airwaves"
  • "April's Fool"
Angel Haze 2013 Producer, Writer, Instrumentation
Love in the Future John Legend 2013 Producer, Writer, Instrumentation
Girl on Fire
  • "One Thing"
Alicia Keys 2012 Producer, Writer, Instrumentation
channel ORANGE[8]
  • "Start"
  • "Sierra Leone"
  • "Sweet Life"
  • "Super Rich Kids" (featuring. Earl Sweatshirt)
  • "Pilot Jones"
  • "Crack Rock"
  • "Pyramids"
  • "Lost"
  • "Monks"
  • "Bad Religion"
  • "Pink Matter" (featuring. André 3000)
  • "Forrest Gump"
  • "End/Golden Girl" (featuring. Tyler, the Creator)
Frank Ocean 2012 Producer, Writer, Engineer, Instrumentation
Play It by Heart[9] Jay James Picton 2012 Producer, Writer, Engineer, Instrumentation
Break of Dawn
  • "Undertow"
  • "Break of Dawn
  • "Money"
Goapele 2011 Producer, Writer
Best Night Of My Life
  • "Fifteen Miinutes"
Jamie Foxx 2010 Producer, Writer
Kandi Koated
  • "The More I Try"
  • "Lucky"
  • "Haven't Loved Right"
Kandi 2010 Producer, Writer
Trunk Muzik 0-60
  • "Get the Fuck Up"
  • "I Wish" (ft. Raekwon)
Yelawolf 2010 Producer, Writer
Back to Me
  • "Thrill Is Gone" (ft. Cee-Lo)
  • "Move On Me"
  • "Teach Me"
Fantasia 2010 Producer, Writer
Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty Big Boi 2010 Producer, Writer
  • "I Miss My Friend"
Mario 2009 Producer, Writer
Evolver John Legend 2008 Producer, Writer
  • "Cross the Line"
  • "Satisfaction"
  • "I Love, You Love"
John Legend 2008 Additional Programming, Instrumentation
I Pledge Allegiance to the Grind II [10]
  • "Good-Bye (City of Dope)"
Killer Mike 2008 Producer, Writer
Just a Rolling Stone[11]
  • "Beautiful Escape"
Donnie Klang 2008 Producer, Writer
  • "I'm the Reason"
  • "If It Wasn't For You"
Day26 2008 Producer, Writer
Welcome to the Dollhouse[11]
  • "Poetry"
Danity Kane 2008 Producer, Writer
Fast Lane Hot Rod 2006 Co-Produced with Jake One
Get Rich or Die Tryin' OST
  • "I Don't Know Officer"
50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, Prodigy, Spider Loc, Mase 2005 Additional Keys


  1. ^ "Interview Linus Young: SXSW 2014". 
  2. ^ "". 
  3. ^ "Frank Ocean Producer Malay Says Zayn Malik Is 'Pure Genius' in the Studio". Billboard. 15 September 2015. 
  4. ^ "Zayn Malik's Urdu-language song 'Flower' came from a 'spiritual place'". Entertainment Weekly. 25 March 2016. 
  5. ^ "Grammys 2013: Complete list of nominees". Los Angeles Times. December 5, 2012. Archived from the original on December 6, 2012. Retrieved December 6, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Share New Song "Water Fountain", Announce Tour With Arcade Fire". Retrieved 18 March 2014. 
  7. ^ "Introducing: Linus Young". Retrieved 5 August 2013. 
  8. ^ "". Frank Ocean: Channel Orange. Retrieved 27 November 2012. 
  9. ^ "". Jay James: Play it by Heart. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  10. ^ "". Killer Mike: I Pledge Allegiance to the Grind II. Retrieved 27 November 2012. 
  11. ^ a b c "Making the Band 4 (Season 2)". Retrieved 27 November 2012. 

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