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Clay Jackson, also known as "The Pain Giver" or even "PG", is a famous gangsta rapper in the HD Universe.
In 2008, he has one or more commercially successful albums to speak of, and is releasing his next entitled Love Isn't A Crime. He has unsuccessfully tried his hand at acting (one paparazzi even shouts at him during the Hercules incident, "How does it feel to be the worst actor in America, Clay?"). Rumors of his homosexuality also surfaced, and he has been spotted before with his blonde male boyfriend Jacob (as seen on The Celebinator's blog).
He is seen in person during the Club Management side missions, in which Luis is tasked with going to Hercules, rescuing Clay and his boyfriend Jacob (hiding from paparazzi inside his tinted PMP 600), and driving them back to the Majestic Hotel. He screams out excuses to the paparazzi, saying he was only at the bar to watch sports and/or audition male dancers for a music video, and that he is very homophobic. Once he has privacy, he is much calmer and more social with Luis, explaining that he and Jacob are also business partners, and that he is planning to buy Jacob expensive sneakers from Japan (a reference to BAPE, an extremely high-end urban clothing line from Japan) and even offers to invite Luis into the hotel suite, saying he looks lonely.
Jackson is likely based on a collection of New York gangsta rappers such as Big Punisher (due to his nickname Pain Giver), Ja Rule, and most prominently 50 Cent due to the similarity of his name (C. Jackson), his foray into acting and the fact that he started off making "hood" music before moving on to a more RnB oriented sound (as hinted at by the title of his new album). His closeted sexuality is inspired by the book Hiding in Hip-Hop by Terrance Dean, which suggests that many prominent black male actors, singers and rappers were secretly gay.
Jackson is voiced by a Brooklyn rapper Poison Pen.
- Strangely, Clay's Bleeter profile picture is actually a picture of the Lost MC member, Clay Simons. Other than the name and that they're both African-American, the two share absolutely no similarities.
- In Grand Theft Auto V, he's one of the honored celebrities on the Vinewood Boulevard sidewalk.
- In GTA V, Clay Jackson is set to perform at the Valdez Theater, as his name can be seen written on the theatre's front sign.
- In GTA V, during the first Strangers and Freaks mission for Beverly Felton, he mistook Franklin with Jackson as he tried to take pictures of him.