• Gov't Name: Marquis King
  • Twitter: @ShyGlizzy
  • Instagram: @ShyGlizzy
  • Age: 22
  • Reppin': Washington D.C.
  • Notable Releases: Singles: “Awwsome,” “Funeral,” “White Girl”; Mixtapes: Law 3, Young Jefe; Guest Appearances: Boosie BadAzz’s “Young Niggas”
  • Label: Glizzy Gang
  • Currently Working On: Glizzy Got Wings EP, due out this summer
  • Surprised About Who Is Missing: “Young Dolph. I think he should’ve made the list. He had a great year and he put in a lot of work independently just like myself.”
  • Influenced By: “Growing up, the Hot Boys, No Limit, C-Murder and Master P. Right now, myself.”
  • As A Freshman In High School: “I was a terrible kid. I got put out at least four different high schools my freshman year. I was more worried about the streets than I was worried about high school.”

TRUTH: On Being A 2015 XXL Freshman: “It was important for me [to be a Freshman] because I’ve been grinding on my own and I’ve been grinding hard, and it's just nice to see my work get noticed and appreciated. It was amazing. I know I had a great year myself, so just to be rewarded for that is great.

I was really hoping to get selected for this year’s class. I knew I put in enough work to be a candidate on the list. I got a very unique style; I ain’t like no one else on that cover. I ain’t like no other artist that’s in the game. I might be a street dude and some other people might consider themselves street dudes, but we don’t do things the same way. I do things different. And, I mean, the way I’m about to dress on this cover and the way I’m about to put out my next music and projects, it’s just going to show the people why I was a good choice for the cover.

[Current manager] Kevin Liles told me one day when we were speaking that I would be a 2015 XXL Freshman. I’ve talked about it every day with the homies since he told me, and to be here today is amazing.

Coming from D.C. it’s big, because I’m the real D.C., and just for another artist to break out from the area, they going to love this. In the city, we don’t have these types of things happening right now, so to have two people from the DMV on this year’s list is a huge thing. A lot of artists from the DMV are doing their thing, so we just breaking in the door right now with this cover to lead the way for them to come right on in.

Once the cover drops, I’m gonna go 10 times harder. This is just the beginning for me, and I told the other Freshmen that this is just the beginning for me. I’m celebrating making the Freshman cover starting tomorrow. Once the cover drops I’m going to be celebrating everywhere. We going crazy!” —Roger Krastz

Behind-The-Scenes: Shy Glizzy