Christie Z is the specialist you go to when you want your DJ battle or hip-hop event done right. Her attention to detail, high standards, fairness, and insistence on authenticity has led her to consult on and/or coordinate many of the most important DJ Battles held in the U.S. since the late 90s including the 1998–2000 DMC U.S. Battles; the 1999 DMC World Finals (the first and only time ever in the U.S.A), The Allies All-Star Beatdown, Vinyl Kombat, King or Queen of the Beat Producer Battle (with Jazzy Jay), and the late Roc Raida’s Gong DJ Battles. In 2008 she returned to DMC USA to coordinate the DMC American Battleground and run it’s branch in the U.S.A. Most recently, she was commissioned by DJ A-Trak to be Battle Coordinator for the first ever Goldie Awards DJ & Beat Battle. As a publicist specializing in hip-hop culture, Christie Z’s e-blasts get the word out, not only to the press, but they go one step further and reach stores and individuals, overstepping the media’s role as tastemaker and gatekeeper of information. She only accepts commissions to publicize artists, books, albums, and services that Tools of War truly believes are quality and authentic. Christie’s other passion is throwing true school hip-hop park jams in New York City parks. Since 2003, with Jorge Fabel Pabon, she’s coordinated park jams in the Bronx (Crotona Park Jams), Queens (Turntablist Sessions) and Harlem (Digger’s Delight, Harlem Hop, Salsa Hop, Spanish Harlem Hop) Parks. All of the jams are free to the public and are intended to restore true hip-hop culture and the legends who kicked it off back to the NYC parks where they first rocked!