In a recent New York magazine feature, Michael K. Williams, aka Omar Little from The Wire, revealed that he uses music to help craft characters. Be it two or three songs or a long playlist, he selects tracks that evoke the mood and mindset he’s looking for, putting him in the shoes of Omar or Albert “Chalky” White, who he plays on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. Williams’ Omar playlist (“I tend to stay away from [it]. I know where it’s gonna take me,” he says now) features tracks from Nas, Young Jeezy and Mary J. Blige, as well as Sun Tan’s version of Baz Luhrman’s “Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen).” Stream it below, via Spotify.
Stream: Michael K. Williams’ Omar Little Playlist