Is there anything Michael K. Williams can’t do? First, he plays one of the greatest characters in the history of television on one of the greatest shows in the history of television; then he totally rocked our faces off in a brief excerpted musical version of said show; he pretty much singlehandedly brought marriage equality to the state of Maryland (guess Maryland legislators didn’t want Omar comin’ for them, and who could blame them?) and now, to top it all off, he made you a mixtape. Or rather, he described how he creates playlists around his characters and gave Vulture the Omar Little playlist and then they posted it. But still, it’s nice to dream.
Turns out, playlist-making is a big part of how Williams crafts his characters, including pop culture icons like Omar and Chalky White from Boardwalk Empire. “Music for me is a portal,” Williams told New York Magazine. “Once I’ve gone to that dimension and I’m there, whatever got me there, I just loop those songs.” In the case of both his most-recognized characters, songs by Nas, including the staple "One Mic" in Omar’s case, feature quite prominently. Wonder what he had stocked for his appearance as Professor Kane on Community. Are there any good songs about terrariums?
Vulture’s got the whole Omar playlist, featuring headliners like Biggie, 2Pac, Nas and Lauryn Hill, compiled on Spotify. Check out the track listing and listen to the opening song, 2Pac’s slow-burning "Unconditional Love," below. Goodnight, everybody!
- 2pac, “Unconditional Love”
- Nas, “Let There be Light”
- Young Jeezy, “Dreamin’”
- Mary J. Blige, “My Life”
- Lauryn Hill, “Oh Jerusalem”
- Jay-Z, “You Must Love Me”
- 2pac, “So Many Tears”
- Biggie Smalls “Suicidal Thoughts”
- Young Jeezy "Bury me a G"
- Jay-Z, “Oh My God”
- Biggie Smalls, “Who Shot Ya”
- 2pac, “Against All Odds”
- Biggie Smalls, “Everyday Struggle”
- Nas, “One Mic”
- Lauryn Hill, “War in the Mind”
- Common, “It’s Your World”
- Lauryn Hill, “Mystery of Iniquity”
- Meshell Ndegeocello, “Akel Dama (Field of Blood)”
- Lauryn Hill, “I Gotta Find Peace of Mind”
- 2pac, “Dear Mama”
- Sun Tan "Sunscreen"