Notorious B.I.G utilized ethos appeal in order to enlighten the public that change is conceivable for everybody and he is able to validate this through his experiences. Ethos itself is a method in which a writer uses experiences of his life to depict his position concerning the issue at hand. In this case, Notorious uses multiple examples to show how he transitioned from being in the low class to the upper class. He also gives supporting evidence to show that his transition to such greatness was actually candid. With all the evidence and examples being given, Notorious puts everything in chronological order so the listener or reader can follow his rise to glory and fortune. Notorious was born Christopher Wallace and was raised by a single mother. He struggled living in the hardcore and tough streets of Bedford-Stuyvesant. He obviously had to survive the streets any way that he possibly could. The song “Juicy,” describes the events in his life and justifies his illegal actions. A clear example is illustrated in the opening verse of the song. With the statement, “To all the people that lived above the buildings that I was hustlin'In front of that called the police on me when I was just tryin 'To make some money to feed my daughter To all my peoples in the struggle, you know what I'm sayin'? It's all good baby, baby, check it” (B.I.G). With the first line of the quote, Notorious gives an example of justification for his actions. He states that he was trying to make money to feed his daughter by hustling. If he did not hustle, one could infer that his daughter could have been starving from a lack of production from her father. His whole motive for doing such things like selling drugs were all inspired by struggling for his daughter to get the basics that she needed. Notorious soon got the chance to do more than sell drugs as he began gaining fans in the record industry. In the end of the quote previously stated, Notorious says,...
Cited: B.I.G, Notorious. "Juicy Lyrics." MetroLyrics. Gracenote, 07 02 2007. Web. 14 Jul 2012. <http://www.metrolyrics.com/juicy-lyrics-notorious-big.html>.
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