What makes a great rap verse in 2019? As the genre continues to grow and evolve, the set of characteristics we look for is becoming more broad. There’s just as much value in a rebellious SoundCloud loosie from a recently unretired Lil Uzi Vert as there is an intricate, metaphor-stacked verse from a veteran like Black Thought. The diversity of styles in 2019 rap makes ranking and comparing verses increasingly difficult, but it’s midyear list season, so we gave it a shot anyway. These are Complex’s picks for the best rap verses of 2019 (so far).