Since bursting onto the indie music scene with her debut EP: JUJ, It’s U in May, JUJ has made it her quest to empower listeners and defy critics. ‘Mood (Feat. Vic Mensa)‘ is a song about her journey to the West Coast to follow her dream of music stardom. The track, which was originally released on April 2nd, also highlights the mental strain many people experience while pursuing their dreams.

When asked about the updated track JUJ shared, “Mood (Feat. Vic Mensa)’ is the story of my move at 17 years old across country to chase a dream. Allowing Vic to share his story about the hardships he’s experienced adds a perspective that links our journeys.”

JUJ partly attributes her strength and determination to her mother, a former dancer who immigrated from Brazil to the U.S. at age 18. “She grew up so poor and moved here with $100 in her pocket, without really speaking any English at all,” says JUJ. “Knowing that she was able to do that was a big inspiration for me when I started to think about moving to L.A. on my own.”

With her EP title nodding to the Brazilian martial art of jiu-jitsu, JUJ’s debut unfolds with a certain fighting spirit, even in its most vulnerable moments—a dynamic that she hopes might ultimately inspire others to fight for their own passion.

Stream ‘Mood (Feat. Vic Mensa)’ as well as the entire JUJ, It’s U EP here.

More information on JUJ can be found on her official website.