Malik is an assistant instructor at the VJC summer workshop. He attended SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music, where he studied under Doug Weiss and Todd Coolman. Although his time at SUNY Purchase prepared Malik for his arrival in the New York scene, he attributes most of the credit for his success to his father, Marcus McLaurine. Since graduating in 2016, Malik has played and recorded with Jon Faddis (with whom he toured China), Abraham Burton, Patience Higgins, David Gibson, Eric McPherson, Ed Cherry, David Bryant, Antoine Rooney, Gerry Eastman, Jovan Alexandre, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, and the George Gee Orchestra. Malik also performs with Starchild & The New Romantic, an R&B/funk band led by Bryndon Cook. Malik is the host of Smalls’ Tuesday evening late-night jam session in New York City.