Wild And Visual Yungsters
Marlon Williams (aka Jay Dillinger) a young man of many talents, started his life in Abilene, TX Feb. 3rd 1988. After his mother and father were hit by a school bus, Marlon’s life began two months prematurely. Quickly they discovered he had an underdeveloped respiratory system among other physical ailments. It already seemed as if his life would be cut short, but there was obviously a bigger plan for his life. After six months his parents were divorced and ironically his dad, while serving in the United States Air Force, gained custody of him and the story begins.
With his father being in the military Marlon and his dad moved every 3 years of his life. This afforded Marlon to travel the world and seen many different cultures. Living in Italy and traveling Europe, Las Vegas, San Antonio and Austin has helped him to become a very diverse individual. Growing up wasn’t easy with a single parent household. Fighting through being the new kid every 3 years and financial roadblocks just became second nature. Through everything, his father, Melvin Williams, always showed how God was building them together to become strong in life. These lessons taught Marlon the values of what it took to be successful.
At the age of five, Marlon began playing football in San Antonio, TX. Marlon’s father, wanted to give Marlon an advantage for the future. Melvin allowed Marlon to play with the age groups two years ahead of him based on his early recognized athletic ability. Like many things in his life it wasn’t a picture perfect story. Initially, Marlon didn’t play much and wasn’t very good at that level. When he felt like giving up and quitting, his dad quickly gave him the motivation to just stick with it and get better. After two seasons Melvin was stationed in Las Vegas, NV. Within the first two years, Marlon was already one of the elite players in the Las Vegas region for football, and won first place in the Nellis Air Force Base Junior Olympics. Marlon was only in middle school and was already starting on handpicked teams in the city while playing alongside High School students. He quickly began to gain attention and exposure from networks such as ESPN and numerous sportswriters.
There was a period that there was no knowledge of Marlon’s mother and her whereabouts. After a period of time and once Marlon was older and understanding life, Melvin reached out to Marlon to see if he wanted to get in contact with his mother. During all the years Marlon never talked or had even seen his mother. After an extended search Melvin located Marlon’s mom. Marlon finally got to have his mother back in his life.
From music at home and the sounds of music that came from living in major cities, Marlon was introduced to different genres of music. At an early age Marlon was managing playing football, basketball, qualifications to the Junior Olympics and recording music at the local youth center. Marlon quickly gained an amazing passion for hip-hop music. Like many new things in his life, the beginning seemed rough and unfruitful. There seemed to be little hope that Marlon could become known for his skills in the music industry. With influences from the rappers his dad listened to such as Tupac, Biggie, and The Fugees, his passion for music just kept growing and he kept getting better. There was influences of other music his dad favored such as Talking Heads, Arrested Development, Tupac, Digable Planets, Steely Dan, The Fugees, and PM Dawn just to name a few.
At the height of his sports career and his growing love for music, Marlon had to move again, this time to Austin, TX, where football is a second religion. His father really thought this would be his son’s best shot to really pursue his career in football. This move took place in the middle of his 7th grade year. Moving to Texas proved to be perfect. Due to the level of competition, Marlon again, rose to the occasion and became even better. Within his first year, he began playing both sides of the line of scrimmage, as a Linebacker and running back. With all these great things happening, one of the hardest things to deal with in Marlon’s life happened. His mother unexpectedly passed away before they could ever actually meet face to face. As tragic as it was this helped make the bond between him and his father all the more closer.
While his skills in sports were evident, he also began to gain a buzz for his freestyle skills. He was soon approached by independent label I Witness Platinum (IWP), a local production company based in Austin, TX who signed Marlon on and started helping him hone his raw talent into making music. After middle school they moved again, although staying in Austin, Marlon had to go to a different high school in a new district. Just like any move, Marlon quickly gained his respect with his skills on the field and with his freestyles he performed for student between classes.
Even on the field there were challenges to overcome. Being considered undersized for his position, Marlon advanced to becoming one of the top 100 Linebackers in Texas, leading tackler on his team two years running, Top 100 overall rated athletes in the NIKE Football nationwide combine. Academically, Marlon was an honor student and caught the attention of many colleges. During his senior year he chose Texas Tech to continue his football and academic career.
Marlon received a scholarship to Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX. While there, he studied Industrial Engineering, recorded five mixed tapes, performed his music at local venues, while opening concerts for numerous well known acts such as Yung Money, Shwayze, Slim Thug, Z-Ro, Lil Flip, Bone, Snoop Dog, Party Boys, and more.