Denzel Curry has dropped the single “Bad Luck,” his contribution to the soundtrack for DC comic book series Dark Nights: Death Metal.
On a fiery instrumental, the Carol City native trades exaggerated bars with PlayThatBoiZay. “Bad luck, I ain’t even have a job yet / Bad luck, so I guess I’m gonna rob next / Bad luck, now you’re laying with a broke neck / Bad luck, very bad, bad, not good,” Curry hollers on the refrain.
On Instagram, Curry explained the song’s origins, revealing his initial reluctance to try a rock-based style: “My fans been wanting me to try it for a while but I honestly don’t want to be looked at as ‘the rock guy’ or be put in a box for my art you know?
“I have this motto that I use in the studio though of shoot first ask questions later so after a few convos, we called up my homie Spencer from Trash Talk and made it happen,” he continued. “Some of you might love it & some might even hate it, for us it was an experiment.”
“Bad Luck” is not Denzel’s first foray into rock. In 2019, he performed a fiery cover of Rage Against the Machine’s “Bulls on Parade” on Australian broadcaster triple j’s cover series Like A Version.
“Bad Luck” joins songs by Mastodon, Manchester Orchestra, Soccer Mommy, IDLES, Chelsea Wolfe and more on the Dark Nights: Death Metal soundtrack, which drops digitally on June 18 and in physical editions on July 16.
In March, Curry dropped Unlocked 1.5, a remixed version of his 2020 collaborative album with Kenny Beats, Unlocked. The new version enlists artists including Arlo Parks, Joey Bada$$ and Benny the Butcher, with the likes of The Alchemist and Robert Glasper assisting Kenny Beats on production.
Listen to “Bad Luck” here: