Interview with Marlon Williams (Real World Portland & Challenge Rivals 2)
Happy Friday everyone! I was lucky enough to ask a few questions to former Texas Tech linebacker, and Challenge finalist, Marlon Williams! Also known as Black Zeus and Jay Deezy. Marlon is one of the coolest dudes you’ll ever meet. He’s a complex guy and has been through an incredible journey to get to where he is now. His journey has been vast; from being a football star, to homeless, to reality television, to backlash for his bisexuality, to the rap game, to where he is now, a burgeoning fitness guru who’ll teach you how to bulk up.
On Twitter, he has made it clear that he’s ready to return to the Challenge following his four-year departure. This is a 245 lb man, who placed 3rd in tackles on a team that went 11–2 and crushed Colt Mccoy’s chances of ever winning a national title. During the one Challenge he did, Marlon won 2 eliminations with Jordan to make the final in a group of strong veterans males as rookies. Hopefully the next time we see Marlon, he’ll be looking down a hallway with Johnny Bananas in sight, for a headbanger elimination.
Q: Hey there Marlon, wanted to say thanks again for taking the time to answer these questions. We haven’t seen you on The Challenge since Rivals 2. What have you been up to since?
Marlon: Just been getting a lot of things in order. Been dealing with some ups and downs in life. You know financially, moving a lot, and personal issues. I’m back on my grind now. Working on my music and clothing line as usual, building this YAW brand up to the max that I can, in every direction.
Marlon has his own site with workout plans, blogs, music, and merch.
JDeezy (Black Zeus) hip hop artist official website. Know from Real World Portland and The Challenge Rivals 2
Q: On Twitter, you’ve shown a ton of interest in coming back to The Challenge. Considering the format in Invasion, you seemed like the perfect person for that season. Are you all in on a comeback?
Marlon: Most definitely! Man, to be honest, I never really lost interest in the Challenges. I was just going through the worst for a little while. So putting everything on hold for a challenge wouldn’t have been the best for me, mentally or financially. So I had to get back on stable ground first.
Q: During Rivals 2, based on the editing, it seemed like you had accepted your bisexuality, but at the same time, didn’t want to talk about it. Considering your religious background, what was that like at the time?
Marlon: Probably the hardest thing I’ve ever had to deal with. I was hella embarrassed at the time. So it made it hard to talk about it, especially with that asshole Knight (RIP) constantly trying to push my buttons about it. Not so much religion, it was more dealing with the hate from people. I came from background where there was no room for gay, with sports, then religion on top of that only made it worse. It was more of fear of losing people, but hell they probably weren’t that good as friends anyway.
Q: I think Nia has calmed down a bit these days, but what was it like living with her in Portland? She’s a sweetheart at times, but when hurricane Nia comes out, she seems so crazy.
Marlon: She cool. She’s like any person with a big personality. You gotta take the good with the bad.
Q: What was it like winning that elimination against Ty and LeRoy? That was your first elimination, and it was something super physical, you guys truly looked like veterans under pressure.
Marlon: Ah man! It was hella dope. I mean, they gave 2 southern boys a basic Oklahoma drill. We had to dominate. It was intense though. In the end, me and Jordan felt we had it in the bag. Getting a win is always the best feeling, especially when money is on the line.
Q: I think it was during RW: Portland, you said you were interested in pursuing engineering, and Jordan is an intelligent guy himself… How did Wes and CT finish the puzzle in the first part of the Rivals 2 final, and you guys couldn’t?
Marlon: Man I still ask myself the same question. Maybe just have been tired and fatigued. Maybe pressure because it was our first final. I don’t know. It sucked not finishing, I can tell you that.
Q: When it comes to your music, was there any one or two artists that made you want to create your own stuff? What are the songs you’ve been listening to lately?
Marlon: Tupac all day. It’s what inspired me to do music. Just the way one person can use words to really get people thinking and talking about important issues is crazy. Lately been listening to Joey Badass, Lil Uzi, Playboi Carti, Asap Ferg, Tee Grizzley, just for now. Trying to get a feel for this new school era.
Q: Since you’ve gotten on your health kick, what’s your favorite healthy meal?
Marlon: I’m doing a Keto Diet, so my favorite meal is an omelette with tons of protein. I’m talking bacon, baked chicken, and ground turkey. Then add in a protein smoothie and it’s a wrap. I’m doing something like 4000 cal a day now. Just got started on it recently.
Q: Now, if you came back to do another season, on the spectrum of fun to winning, are you there to have fun, or to win?
Marlon: I’ll be there to win. Nothing is more fun than winning. Plus I’m never passing up a chance to stack up some bread, just to party. That’s a cardinal sin.
Q: Before this ends, I want to say thank you again. Is there something about yourself you want Challenge fans to know about you?
Marlon: I guess I’d want people to know I’m a nerd at heart. I like anime, computers, you know geeky stuff like that. I use to spend hours playing World Of Warcraft on my computer.