|image = BigSmokeGTASA.jpg
|games = [[Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas]]
|name = Melvin Harris
|aka = Big Smoke
|gender = M
|pob = [[Los Santos]], [[State of San Andreas|San Andreas]]
|dod = 1992
|home = [[Melvin Harris' Home|Big Smoke's House]], [[Idlewood]], Los Santos
[[Big Smoke's Crack Palace]], [[East Los Santos]], Los Santos |nationality = [[United States of America|American]] |family = |affiliations = [[Grove Street Families]]
[[Los Santos Vagos]]
[[San Fierro Rifa]]
[[Russian Mafia]] |vehicles = [[Perennial]]
[[Glendale]] |businesses = [[Big Smoke's Crack Palace]] |voice = [[Clifton Powell]] }} '''Melvin Harris''' (? - 1992), known as '''"Big Smoke"''', was a senior member of the [[Grove Street Families]]. == Description == Early in the storyline, there were several telltale signs of Big Smoke's disloyalty to the gang: he moved out of [[Grove Street]] to live in a [[Melvin Harris' Home|new home]] in [[Idlewood]] - [[Ballas]] territory - and there is suspicion that he paid for the house with drug money, despite his insistence that it was money from his aunt. In addition, Big Smoke has, on occasion, showed little interest in defending or aiding the gang, as seen in the mission "[[Drive Thru]]" when the rest of the gang was shooting at a Ballas car that had attacked them, Smoke was in the back seat of [[Sean Johnson|Sweet's]] car eating fast food. In "[[Cleaning the Hood]]", he talks with Sweet about their differing stances on street drugs; he appears to be trying to convince Sweet that drug dealing (with the money and power that come along with it) would be good for the Families. Big Smoke would also be seen dragging himself into conflict with other non-native gangs, including the [[Russian Mafia]] and the [[San Fierro Rifa]]. Furthermore, [[Frank Tenpenny]] and his [[C.R.A.S.H.|clique]] show up at Big Smoke's house during the beginning of several missions, suggesting familiarity, although Big Smoke claims each time that they are attempting to extract information from him. Big Smoke claims to have had a cousin, killed by Russians after "the wall came down", however he calls the cousin "Mary", and when they go to pick "her" up big smoke says ''"A big fresh bud right from the plantation"'' and asks some [[Vargos]] for his "Weedo", it is clear that his cousin is Marijuana.. Big Smoke also has a unuiqe sense of humour calling a glass bottle a ''"Little glass Balla fool"'' and shooting it. His true nature was revealed when he turned his back from the gang, having been seen along with [[Ryder]] collaborating with the Ballas and C.R.A.S.H., and appeared to be linked, along with [[Ryder]], to the killing of [[Carl Johnson|Carl's]] [[Beverly Johnson|mother]]. With the prospect of power, money, and fame in the drug business too great for Big Smoke to resist, he goes on to establish a drug delivery venture with the [[Loco Syndicate]] in [[San Fierro]] with the help of the Ballas, transporting the merchandise and money between [[Los Santos]] and San Fierro, as well as running several drug manufacturing factories in both San Fierro and Los Santos (the former destroyed by Carl during his stay in San Fierro). It is also revealed during certain [[WCTR]] news that he becomes [[OG Loc]]'s manager and that he tries to be a "philanthropic" man by helping the defavorized streets and cleaning them from drugs, which is an obvious bald-faced lie. In the final mission of the game, "[[End of the Line]]", Carl enters Big Smoke's remaining drug factory (and home) in Los Santos, amid a citywide riot, to confront Big Smoke, and ends up killing him. As Big Smoke lies dying on the floor he crawls over to his safe and pulls out some money saying that he will "At least die with cash in my pockets" and then proclaims that though he is gone, his name will stay in history forever and utters his last words before dying: "When I'm gone, everyone gonna remember my name...BIG SMOKE!". In ''[[The Introduction]]'', Smoke unsuccessfully tries to convince Sweet to have the Grove Street Families sell drugs, saying that the Ballas have gotten rich and powerful due to drug sales, while the Grove Street Families have lost power. Smoke, however, easily convinces Ryder to his side during a private meeting between the two. It is also evident that Tenpenny had a large hand in Smoke turning traitor, apparently tempting Smoke with chances of money and power, and possibly even threatening him. It is rumored that Smoke is based off famous rappers such as Big Pun, Biggie Smalls, or Death Row producer Suge Knight. [[Clifton Powell]] provided the voice for Big Smoke. ==Trivia== *Big smoke drives a [[Glendale]] with a white roof and baby blue body. When you get a chance look at his license plate, it spells '''A2TMFK'''. This could mean "A two ''time'' mother f*cker", hinting at his actions later in the game, or "A two ''tonne'' mother f*cker", which references the fact that he is overweight, which is also a running gag early on in the game. Some say it is also a reference to the Cypress Hill song "A to the Motherf*ckin K", however the game is set in 1992, and the song came out in 1993. *His favorite Radio Station is [[Bounce FM]] *Even though friends call him "Big Smoke", which means that he is heavy smoker, he smoked only once in the game (mission End of The Line). The "Big" in his name could merely just be referencing his obesity. * The Beta version of Big Smoke wears a white Jersey, black pants, features a bald head. All of this can be seen on the statue of himself inside his Crack Palace. ==GTA San Andreas Mission Appearances== * [[Big Smoke (Mission)|Big Smoke]] (Boss) * [[Tagging Up Turf]] * [[Cleaning the Hood]] * [[Drive-Thru]] * [[Nines and AKs]] * [[Drive-By]] * [[OG Loc (mission)|OG Loc]] (Boss) * [[Running Dog]] (Boss) * [[Wrong Side of the Tracks]] (Boss) * [[Just Business]] (Boss) * [[Reuniting the Families]] * [[The Green Sabre]] (Betrayal) * [[End of the Line]] (Killed) ==Gallery==
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Hi Carlee. On top of your recent promotion, I feel I have to more specifically address your willingness to help other users. I'm delighted to present to you the Red Cross medal, for persistent and unending help to other users and Staff. It is an absolutely pleasure to have you here. Gboyers talk 01:42, 7 July 2008 (UTC)
Your opinion, please...
Hi, Carlee. I'd like to ask you to stop by the discussion we've been having ragarding the spolier issue with the Karen and Michelle Stone articles, and add your opinion. So far, the discussion is between Gboyers, Biggest gta fan ever, and me. I think a fresh perspective from another admin would help, since Gboyers and I seem to be of opposing opinions, and Biggest gta fan ever seems torn between the two perspectives. A-Dust was on there prior, but hasn't been back in a while...I'm going to ask him to stop by and add his two cents' worth as well. Thanks in advance! :-) EganioTalk 09:02, 20 July 2008 (UTC)
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- Well, I've actually never played VCS, I just found a reference elsewhere on the site (can't remember where, now). If it isn't actually there, feel free to delete it. --GuildKnightTalk2me 03:40, 28 July 2008 (UTC)
- By the way, might I ask a favor? Try to get into the habit of providing an edit summary each time you edit a page. It makes it a lot easier to scan recent changes or the page's history and tell what's been done. It would be especially helpful when adding a "speedy deletion" tag, so that we know why you think it's a candidate for speedy deletion as opposed to plain ol' deletion. --GuildKnightTalk2me 03:43, 28 July 2008 (UTC)
Hey there, GK. I have a few questions regarding polls, and was hoping you might know the answers:
- What do points for poll votes grant you (if anything)?
- How do we determine when and if to add new polls? I just created one and threw it up on the main page, but is there some standard we use?
- At the moment, there's not really a set standard for when/if we add polls (GB, feel free to chime in if I'm wrong). I was thinking that they should be posted for a matter of weeks, somewhere between 2 and 4 weeks is what was going through my mind.
- As far as "points for poll votes", I really don't see a need for them. Let's just say they're for self-reassurance. ;) --GuildKnightTalk2me 01:38, 29 July 2008 (UTC)
how long do the featured articles stay up and is there an archive/voting process for the next one? also the images seem to be in a loop of the same images on Featured images what about these as well(same question)?Andrew22k 14:49, 7 August 2008 (UTC)
- This page should answer some of your questions. As for how long they remain featured, that's just done on an as-they-come basis. The previous will be taken down when we have a new one. Feel free to nominate any others you think are good enough to show off. --GuildKnightTalk2me 01:19, 8 August 2008 (UTC)