Malay (record producer)

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Birth name James Ryan Ho
  • Record producer
  • songwriter
  • engineer
  • Guitar
  • bass
  • keyboards
  • percussion
  • trumpet
Years active 1998–present
Labels Bhamboo LLC
Associated acts

James Ryan Ho, better known as Malay, is an American record producer, songwriter and engineer.[2] He is a Grammy Award winner.[3]

Early life and career[edit]

James Ho was born to a Malaysian father and Caucasian[specify] 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's debut album Mind of Mine, as well as Stacy Barthe, Fantasia, Linus Young, and Yelawolf.

Malay also went on to co-found his own record label in 2016, named Britannia Row Recordings, in partnership with BMG. In 2018, the label announced its first signing, The Parlor Mob.


Album Song(s) Artist Year Credits
So Sad So Sexy
  • "Deep End"
  • "Two Nights" (ft. Amine)
  • "Jaguars in the Air"
  • "Sex Money Feelings Die"
  • "So Sad So Sexy"
  • "Bad Woman"
  • "Utopia"
Lykke Li 2018 Producer, writer
The Thrill of It All
  • "Say It First"
  • "Midnight Train"
Sam Smith 2017
Good for You Aminé
  • "Sober"
  • "The Louvre"
  • "Supercut"
Lorde 2017 Producer
  • "Nikes"
  • "Skyline To"
  • "Ivy"
  • "Self Control" (featuring Austin Feinstein & Yung Lean)
  • "Pretty Sweet"
  • "Seigfried"
  • "Godspeed" (featuring Kim Burrell & Yung Lean)
  • "Futura Free/Interviews"
Frank Ocean 2016 Producer, Writer, Engineer, Instrumentation
The Get Down (Original Soundtrack from the Netflix Original Series) Various 2016 Performer, Producer, Writer, Engineer, Instrumentation
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 2016 Producer, Writer
Know-It-All Alessia Cara 2015 Producer, Writer
All We Need
  • "All We Need" ft. Adia
  • "Revolution"
  • "Forbidden Knowledge" ft. Big K.R.I.T.
  • "Woodcrest Manor II"
  • "CPU" ft. RZA
  • "Love Is Not a Four Letter Word"
  • "Trap Tears" ft. Key!
  • "Friends" ft. Tom Morello
Raury 2015
  • "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
Higher Than Here
  • "Heaven To A Fool"
James Morrison 2015 Producer, Writer, 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
Paradise Valley John Mayer 2013 Writer, Instrumentation
Age Against the Machine
  • "Kolors"
Goodie Mob 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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