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Omar actor shares his playlist from 'The Wire'

If you ever wanted to get inside Omar's head, here's your best shot.

Actor Michael K. Williams, who played everyone's favorite gay hitman on "The Wire," has just shared with New York Magazine the songs that he'd play to get himself in the Omar mood.

It's hip-hop heavy, for sure. But what else would it be -- Barry Manilow?

“Music is always a part of my characters’ make-up,” he told New York. “All my characters have playlists.”

Williams told the magazine he carefully curates the list, making sure he picks just the right tunes for each character.

“Music for me is a portal,” he told the reporter. “Once I’ve gone to that dimension and I’m there, whatever got me there, I just loop those songs.”

Here's the songs he listened to to transport himself to Omar and the streets of Baltimore:

Tupac, “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”

Tupac, “So Many Tears”

Biggie Smalls “Suicidal Thoughts”

Young Jeezy "Bury me a G"

Jay-Z, “Oh My God”

Biggie Smalls, “Who Shot Ya”

Tupac, “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”

Tupac, “Dear Mama”

Sun Tan, "Sunscreen"

And if you have Spotify, you can listen to the whole thing here.

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